The 4th annual joint SimCap meeting took place at the TRB venue on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The meeting was well attended by private/public sector professionals, software developers and academia. The night started off with VASITE and WDCSITE update, including a group selfie (a new tradition), followed by roundtable and panel discussions, lightning presentations, and quick technology updates. The highlights of this meeting include the following:
- The roundtable discussion on data-driven decision making emphasized the importance of public agency/private sector collaboration, having a data scientist mentality in transportation professions, and making use of open-sourced data; Ford representative offered insights about their involvement in Smart Cities using various data, including Ford’s connected vehicle data.
- FHWA and DOT representatives talked about recent updates to guidance of roadway system and capacity analysis in their jurisdictions and challenges and opportunities
- A variety of subjects ranging from complexity of airport multimodal transportation system, cost-effective transportation solutions in innovative intersections, to automated vehicles’ (AVs) impact on roadway capacity were discussed in the lightning presentations and technology update.