Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are transportation systems which
utilize information, communication, sensor, and control technologies to achieve
improved levels of performance. The U.S. DOT has developed a National ITS
Program Plan for ITS which provides a new vision for surface transportation in
America. The ITS Program includes seven major elements:
Travel & Transportation Management
Travel Demand Management
Public Transportation Management
Commercial Vehicle Operations (ITS/CVO)
Advanced Vehicle Control & Safety Systems
The ITS/CVO element includes the ITS technologies which uniquely support
Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO). The scope of CVO includes the operations
associated with moving goods and passengers via commercial vehicles over the
North American highway system and the activities necessary to regulate these
operations. It includes activities related to safety assurance, commercial
vehicle credentials and tax administration, roadside operations, freight &
fleet management, and vehicle operation.
The term commercial vehicle information systems and networks (CVISN, pronounced
see' vision) refers to the ITS information system elements that support CVO.
CVISN includes information systems owned and operated by governments, carriers,
and other stakeholders. It excludes the sensor and control elements of ITS/CVO.
For an overview of the CVISN program, review the Statement Of
Direction. For more details, download the
Introduction to CVISN
A Report to Congress on
"Providing Carrier-, Driver-, and Vehicle-Specific Information to the Roadside"
has been prepared. It describes progress by the FHWA in planning for the
design, deployment, and maintenance of an integrated collection of commercial
vehicle information systems to provide needed carrier- , driver- , and
vehicle-specific information to enforcement officers and other users in the
motor carrier community. From the enforcement officer's perspective, these
information systems are necessary to maintain and improve highway safety as the
volume of motor carrier activity increases throughout North America.