Jim Barbaresso

Barbaresso is shaping or influencing a number of projects related to the national Autonomous Vehicle and Connected Vehicle initiative, including designing and building one of the first live test beds with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
In the past 30 years, he has worked with transportation clients, automobile manufacturers and technology companies, successfully planning, implementing and managing some of the largest, most visible Intelligent Transportation Systems and autonomous and connected vehicles programs in the United States.
Professional affiliations:
  • ITS World Congress, board of directors (past chair, 2013-2014), member
  • ITS of Michigan board of directors, member and past president
  • Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, board of directors, executive committee, member
  • ITS America, member
  • Transportation Research Board, associate
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, member
30 seconds with Jim Barbaresso …

Q. What can we expect from the car of the future?
A. "Cars are being equipped with advanced sensors, computer processors and onboard displays. Soon their communications systems will talk to each other and the road, warning drivers about congested and unsafe conditions, imminent collisions and alternate routes. Automation will be introduced gradually into vehicles, offering new features to improve safety and mobility."
Q. What impact will these changes have on surface transportation infrastructure?
A. "Our transportation system will look and operate much differently than it does today. Connected vehicle technology will help maximize existing highway capacity, improve urban mobility and secure related environmental benefits. But the most significant impact will be to safety. These advanced driver-assistance and automation systems could make most vehicle crashes a thing of the past."
Q. How soon might we see these changes?
A. "Connected vehicle technology will be in place by the end of this decade. Expect change in the next five years to be significant, and expect it to transform how we manage our transportation network."

  • Master of Science in transportation planning, 1978, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science in sociology, 1975, University of Iowa