Labor Day Travel and Connected Cars Event

Tech and Transportation Industry Associations, AAA, and Leading Public Policy Think Tanks to Unveil New Information on How Emerging Smart Technologies Reduce U.S. Oil Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON—As Americans prepare to travel in record numbers during the Labor Day weekend holiday, the technology industry, AAA, transportation innovation leaders, and leading public policy think tanks are joining together to unveil a new report detailing how emerging technologies and connected cars can reduce U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The event, “Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars,” will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) located at 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610, in Washington, D.C.

This year, AAA reports that 85 percent of the 34.7 million Americans travelling at least 50 miles away from home this coming Labor Day weekend are expected to drive to their destinations, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.

The experts gathered will examine 16 emerging smart transportation technologies that can help reduce our current use of six billion barrels of oil and the resulting 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions emitted annually—in addition to the billions of hours and dollars wasted in traffic each year.

The event is cosponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI),Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI), and the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESCC).

WHAT:      Accelerating Sustainability: Demonstrating the Benefits of Connected Cars

How emerging smart technologies can reduce U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions


  • Dean Garfield, President and CEO of ITI (bio)
  • Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America (bio)
  • Jill Ingrassia, AAA Managing Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety Advocacy (bio)
  • Catherine McCullough, Executive Director of the Intelligent Car Coalition (bio)
  • Matthew Stepp, Executive Director, CCEI (bio)
  • Anthony Shaw, Transportation Program Specialist at ITS America (bio)
  • Stephen Smith, Research Professor of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University (bio)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. EDT


Information Technology Industry Council

1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A

Washington, D.C. 20005

EVENT HASHTAG:      #ConnectedCars

Members of the media are asked to RSVP to Duncan Neasham by 12 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 27.

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About ITI. The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies.  ITI navigates the relationships between policymakers, companies, and non-governmental organizations, providing creative solutions that advance the development and use of technology around the world. Visit to learn more. Follow us on Twitter for the latest ITI news and other alerts: @ITI_TechTweets

About ITS America. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve the nation’s surface transportation system. Founded in 1991, ITS America’s membership includes more than 450 public agencies, private sector companies, and academic and research institutions. ITS America’s 27 State Chapters are represented across 40 states and includes more than 1200 member organizations. Learn more at, and follow us on Twitter:@ITS_America

About AAA.  As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

About ITIF. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at

About DESSC. The Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC) brings together information and communications technology (ICT) companies and associations, non-governmental organizations, customers and other stakeholders who recognize the enabling role that ICT plays in improving our environment and driving long-term economic growth.

About CCEI. The Center for Clean Energy Innovation accepts climate change as an innovation challenge at heart. It is also the only Washington, D.C.-based think tank dedicated to designing, advocating, and advancing cutting-edge energy innovation policies to address global climate change, increase economic growth, and provide universal energy access.

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