Rapidly developing technologies deeply affect the economic and social lifestyle of today's society. The most significant reflection of this in transportation area was the increase in mobility. Problems arise such as traffic congestion, increase in accidents and environmental pollution as a result of the increasing mobility especially in the transportation systems which are mainly developed in the highway.
"Sustainable transport", which will eliminate, at least mitigate, and at the same time support the development of the negative effects of increasing mobility, is the common goal of all societies. Given the scale and complexity of transport systems, it is difficult to achieve this goal without a serious technology-supported planning and management structure. As a solution, it is aimed to make use of the developments in different fields, especially the developments in information and communication technologies in the field of transportation, in other words, to develop effective and efficient Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
The aim of Smart Transportation Systems is to increase road safety, road capacity, mobility, travel comfort and speed, while reducing the negative effects of transportation on human, environment and energy resources, thus increasing the present and future productivity of individuals and institutions. For this purpose, it is accepted as a prerequisite for the sustainability of transportation systems that people and institutions working in this field, as well as system actors consisting of physical and software elements that make up the technological infrastructure, work in harmony with each other.
ITS TURKEY is an encompassing and complementary association which gathers all actors such as official institutions and organizations, commercial companies, non-governmental agencies, universities, software companies, municipalities working on Intelligent Transportation Systems under the same umbrella. It contributes to the formation of an ITS sector that is integrated, works in harmony at the very beginning, speaks the same language with each other, and develops products and services in line with the standards to be determined, and thus ensures the highest efficiency from our country's labor and financial resources. In accordance with the action included in the National Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategy Document 2014-2023 and its Annex Action Plan (2014-2016) prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, it was established in 2016 and was allowed to use the word Turkey in 2018 with the consent of the Minister of Interior.