California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a research and development program of the University of California, Berkeley, has been a leader in Intelligent Transportation Systems research since its founding in 1986. In collaboration with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), administered by the university’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), PATH is a multi-disciplinary program with staff, faculty, and students from universities worldwide and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and nonprofit institutions.
In 2011, the current incarnation of PATH emerged through the consolidation of two UC Berkeley programs, the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways and the California Center for Innovative Transportation. The new organization has brought together deep expertise in both research and deployment and is redefining the concept of “intelligent transportation systems” to meet the realities of the Information Age.
Our mission is to develop solutions that address the challenges of California’s surface transportation systems through advanced ideas and technologies and with a focus on greater deployment of those solutions throughout California.
The California PATH Program was founded in 1986, as the first research program in North America focused on the subject now known as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This paper reviews the history of the founding of PATH and of the national ITS program in the U.S., providing perspective on the changes that have occurred during the period of 1986 to 2006.