Kirk Steudle, Director MDOT brings ITS experience to 2016 ITS World Congress
A global leader in connected vehicle technology, Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been announced as the latest executive speaker at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne, 10-14 October, 2016.
Responsible for Michigan's near 10,000 mile state highway system and 4,000 state highway bridges Steudle joins other executive speakers Andrew Everett, Chief Strategy Officer, Transport Systems Catapult, UK; Dr Liu Zhen, Head of China Strategy, Uber Asia Limited, China; Michael Brown, Regional General Manager, Uber, USA and Mr Andrew Somers, Director, Mobility as a Service, Australia for Executive Session 10.
Speaking at the ‘Mobility as a Service’ session, on Friday 14 October in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Steudle brings a wealth of career knowledge spanning 40 years across highways and roads, freight, passenger rail, local transit systems, air, bridges and bicycle trails.
In particular, his attendance to the Congress in Melbourne, the home of the largest shipping port in the Southern Hemisphere will be a fantastic way for state and Federal Government leaders to gain insights into Michigan’s own freight data, having moved 505.5 million tons of freight, valued at roughly $761.1 billion at 2013.
Upon his appointment as a speaker, Steudle stated “The 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne is a great opportunity to collaborate the advancement of the ITS industry. I'm excited to hear the global developments. The biggest obstacle facing the ITS sector in the next three years will be the funding model.”
Steudle believes that in the next ten years “the transport industry will be in full deployment of integrated advanced technology.”
Named one of America’s top 25 Government innovators by Government Technology, Steudle began his career at MDOT in 1987. Since his appointment as Director on January 1, 2006 Michigan has become a thriving hub for transportation research and development, setting the tone of what is to come in the next iteration of transportation.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
“Kirk Steudle’s unparalleled ITS expertise is a welcome addition to the Congress’s program. With his extensive career knowledge in ITS, particularly freight, it will be interesting to hear directly from an
industry professional what this means for the future of our logistic partnerships with Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas,” Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia says.