The coalition says smarter transportation can address infrastructure proboems (Photo: US Administration)

A newly formed group of industry executives called on the US Congress to step up efforts to forge a smarter transportation infrastructure in the country.

"For the United States to stay competitive in today's global economy, it is critical that our nation invest more heavily in transportation research, technology and innovation," the group, which is called the "Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition," said in a letter to Congress.

The coalition, which is made up of automotive, high-tech and transportation industry leaders, aims to raise awareness of "a new vision of transportation." It said in its letter that new technologies can save lives, help improve the environment and deal with growing US traffic infrastructure problems.

The group called, in particular, for the stepped-up introduction of automatic braking systems, blind spot monitoring and car-to-car and car-to-X connectivity. Autonomous driving functions, moreover, would help the elderly stay mobile and safe.

The initiative for the coalition comes from, among other organizations, the US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of Global Automakers, the Intelligent Car Coalition and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).