Advanced Traffic Control
CAVita was formed in 2015 by Peter Sweatman and Abbas Mohaddes – two seasoned and highly respected ITS industry executives – on the premise that, now, more than ever, public and private companies, municipalities, and organizations need deep expertise to successfully navigate and take advantage of the opportunities presented by transportation’s evolution.
At A Glance
Today, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Econolite, CAVita leverages the over 150 cumulative years of executive-level experience on its team to give life to transformational technologies in transportation by providing world-class advisory services to public, private, and non-profit entities worldwide. Foremost amongst these technologies are:
Connected vehicles – in particular “V2X” technologies – which enable vehicles and infrastructure to communicate with each other and the cloud;
Automated vehicles, including technologies that enable the simplest of driver assistance features all the way to fully-automated “Level 5” – driverless vehicles.
CAVita further helps its clients prepare for the convergence of connected and automated vehicle technologies, which is inevitable as connected technologies are deployed in support of automated vehicle functions.
Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV)
CAVita proudly offers three categories of services to our clients:
Strategic Business Planning
Systems Engineering & Deployment
Convening the Mobility and CAV Ecosystems
Our clients include industry leaders from around the globe
Transportation Research Board
Peter Sweatman, Ph.D. was appointed co-chair of the TRB Forum on Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility. This appointment followed CAVita’s engagement by TRB to develop a strategy for better integrating transformational technologies into TRB’s activities, and the preparation and publication of a TRB Circular entitled Transformational Technologies in Transportation.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
CAVita received a programmatic engagement from AASHTO, covering the AASHTO CAV Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Cooperative Automated Transport (CAT) Coalition. The CAVita team helped AASHTO to expand industry involvement in ELT and prepared a number of CAV research briefs that were referred to NCHRP.
CAVita was engaged to further develop AASHTO’s CAV activities and assisted in setting up and launching the CAT Coalition and its three working groups. CAVita has prepared a number of papers and presentations on state and local agencies’ preparation for CAV, including a NCHRP White Paper that was the subject of a half-day workshop involving state DOT leaders at the ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal. CAVita is also providing active concierge support to the CAT Executive Committee.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
CAVita assisted in the development of TTI’s transformational technologies conference for public and private agencies, organizations and businesses involved in research and development comprising the CAV ecosystem. This event led to the announcement of several significant initiatives, such as a new high-tech campus (RELLIS) and a transportation technology initiative, the development, advancement, and membership recruitment of which CAVita provided further assistance.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
CAVita has provided strategic advisory support and services focused on transformational transportation technologies
and automated infrastructure deployment opportunities that incorporate market trends and current approaches by public agencies and private industry. The company also supported VTTI’s development, partner recruitment, launch and execution of an ambitious collaborative CAV effort.
CAVita developed a Board Discussion Paper and other activities to provide Austroads with a strategic view of a future where the roles of road agencies have changed significantly and the revenue streams that traditionally fund infrastructure have declined.
New Zealand Ministry of Transport
CAVita has been involved with the country’s activities to identify suitable local CAV testing areas. Activities have included multiple site visits, an appraisal of potential test sites, and ongoing technical and stakeholder assistance concerning CAV testing locations and programmatic considerations.
American Center for Mobility (ACM)
Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Econolite’s Sr. VP, is serving as Interim President and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM): a purpose-built facility for testing, advancing, and validating CAV technologies and vehicles at Willow Run Michigan airport.
Steudle will be leading development and implementation of ACM’s strategic planning and budgets for 2019. He will be responsible for all operations, including testing, R&D programs, capital improvements, and financial oversight for the facility. Steudle will also be responsible for driving fundraising, legislative participation, academia, industry collaboration programs and activities, helping to ensure the ACM’s strategic role in expanding CAV business incubation; bringing greater global economic opportunities.
Transportation Association of Canada / Transport Canada / Austroads / NZ Ministry of Transport
CAVita has been engaged by roads and transportation stakeholders in countries outside of the United States. Activities include delivery of CAV workshops and development of CAV deployment concepts for selected cities and environments. CAVita is consulted regularly on how to begin the CAV deployment process and how to convene stakeholders and engage partners.
University of California Berkeley (California Path)
CAVita was engaged to assist in designing and conducting a CAV strategic workshop for Caltrans intended to advance the state of preparation for CAV throughout the state, and to better understand preparatory actions in other states and lessons learned. The workshop is planned for early 2019 and CAVita will provide a white paper probing and updating the state of CAV preparation throughout the country.
The Econolite Advantage
Today’s advanced traffic signal controller must integrate leading edge electronics, while supporting industry standards and specifications. Econolite continues its tradition of offering the most advanced and innovative technologies with the Cobalt family of Advanced Transportation Controllers (ATC).
Fully meeting the industry’s ATC standard 5.2b and proposed standard 6.10, Cobalt is designed to provide an unmatched combination of ATC controller open architecture functionality with the latest handheld technology and applications. Cobalt also features a breakthrough hardened seven-inch touchscreen user interface matched with a Linux based operating system, making programming and access to functions easiest in the industry.