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Thank you for a great SXSW 2019!

The U.S. Department of Transportation and thought leaders across industry, academia, and state and local organizations came together for lively discussions around cybersecurity, mobility in rural and urban settings, freight, accessibility, trends in transportation innovation, and more.

Let's keep the conversation going. View videos of all six sessions below, check out the four featured projects from the demo room, and find more information on research, data sets, opportunities and how to stay connected.

Featured Session

Secretary Elaine L. Chao Discusses New Initiatives on Emerging Transportation Technologies

Autonomous vehicles, drones, hyperloop technology, aerial ridesharing, a growing commercial space industry, and a host of other emerging technologies, are changing the way we travel and plan for the future of transportation. Secretary Chao discussed how the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is taking a thoughtful and deliberative approach to federal approvals and safety oversight of these emerging technologies that cross the Department’s traditional “silos.”



Transportation Innovation at a Crossroads

Transportation is the latest sector to be disrupted by Silicon Valley-style innovation. How can federal investments augment private sector innovation and address potential market failures?

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The New Urban Mobility Partnership

In the past year, many mobility providers and cities have announced partnerships to make it easier for the private sector to work with cities around the world and leverage data to improve urban mobility and safety. What do public-private partnerships like this mean for the future of transportation in cities and the federal government’s role in enabling cities to exchange data that improves mobility, safety, and national interoperability?

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By Land, Air, and Sea: The Future of Freight

Automation has the potential to transform the Nation’s freight transportation system. How can we ensure these technologies improve throughput and safety and meet the needs of communities?

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Accessible Transportation for All

Automation and other technologies could improve the mobility of travelers with disabilities. How can we ensure that research and investments focus on this challenge?

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Cybersecurity in the Age of Automation

It’s all-hands-on-deck to ensure our nation’s transportation system is secure and prepared for the future. Learn more about emerging efforts to improve the cybersecurity of our transportation system.

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Step Aside Cities: Innovations in Rural Mobility

What does the future of transportation look like in rural communities? What should the federal role be to ensure tech-driven innovations don’t pass them by?

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Demo Room

Cooperative Automation Research Mobility Applications
A platform to encourage collaboration with the goal of improving transportation efficiency and safety.


Integrated Mobility Innovation
Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) represents the USDOT’s vision for a safe, carefree and reliable mobility ecosystem that supports completed trips for all. The new IMI Demonstration program, funded through Federal Transit Administration, integrates Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox, Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR), and Mobility Payment Integration (MPI) demonstrations in a $15M competitive funding opportunity.


Work Zone Data Exchange
A specification that enables infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to make harmonized work zone data available for third party use with the intent to make travel on public roads safer and more efficient through ubiquitous access to data on work zone activity.


Safety Data Initiative
An initiative that seeks to build DOT's capacity to translate the successes of predictive data analytics tools used by private industry and universities to identify systemic factors contributing to serious crashes.

Research + Data Sets

Get inspired by our research, find data sets, and help us close the gaps in transportation solutions across the country.

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