The U.S. interstate highway system will turn 50 this year. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law creating the system and the Highway Trust Fund to finance it in 1956. So when the Transportation Research Board held its 85th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., recently, a panel of academic and private sector experts took stock of the half-century gone by and gazed down the road ahead for our car-centric nation. Like the Internet, the interstate has affected the American economy in way undreamt of at the time. Read more at:

Looking Down The Highway, Andrew T. Gillies, 02.08.06
http://www.forbes.com/2006/02/07/transportation-highways-roads-cx_ag_0208beltway.html?partner=alerts

21,000 of the 43,000 annual deaths on America’s highways are caused by roadway departure and intersection related incidents. Building on work previously done in the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative, the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration initiative is working towards the deployment of advanced vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructure communications that could keep vehicles from leaving the road and enhance their safe movement through intersections. Read more at:

U.S. Department of Transportation: Intelligent Transportation Systems
Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) http://www.its.dot.gov/vii/

Consider the development of the Interstate and development challenges facing the Internet.