Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) announced that four firms were selected to provide roadside equipment as part of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program.
The following firms received awards based on recommendations from an internal technical evaluation panel:
- ITRI International, Inc
- Cohda Wireless and Cisco Systems Inc.
- Savari Networks
The contracts were awarded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which solicited quotations from suppliers to provide all the necessary equipment, materials, and services for the development and production of the devices. Each of the devices selected by FHWA will be used to send messages such as signal phase and timing, curve speeds etc to vehicles using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC).
The roadside devices are part of the US DOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program, a major research initiative that will test how ordinary drivers in real world driving conditions will respond to wireless safety messages. The drivers will be using vehicles that communicate with each other and will communicate with surrounding infrastructure such as traffic signals and work zones.
The Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program will start in August 2011 and run though the first half of 2013. There are two components to the program, Safety Pilot Driver Acceptance Clinics and Safety Pilot Model Deployment. Devices that were awarded contracts will be put on a qualified products list and only those devices can be used in the model deployment. There will be no roadside equipment in the Driver acceptance clinics.
The simplified acquisition was awarded through full and open competition on an unrestricted basis. Contractors whose quotations conformed to the U.S. DOT’s Request for Quotations and represented the best value to the government were selected. The agency evaluated offers and made best value award decisions based on technical capability, price, and past performance.