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USDOT Connected Vehicle PlugFests

PlugFests are events during which devices are tested for interoperability with emerging standards. They provide essential feedback to standardization organizations as well as to the developer community whose products are tested at the event.

plugfest logo USDOT Connected Vehicle PlugFests allow for information exchange, sharing lessons learned, common technical platform development, and expansion of test bed options, supporting USDOT goals to transition connected vehicle technology research toward full deployment.

Participation in PlugFest events is open to all companies, organizations and standards groups implementing the relevant standards. Interested parties should download and review the Affiliated Test Bed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and the Amendment to the Affiliated Test Bed MOA. If you would like to pursue membership, please return the participant template so a tailored version of the agreement can be prepared for your signature.


- PlugFest Calendar
- Event Registration
- Past Events
- Test Specifications
Design Specifications
- Standards
- Event Management
- How are PlugFests organized?
- Why should you attend the PlugFests?


PlugFest Calendar
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Event Registration

Each PlugFest will feature a 3-hour webinar training session and a 2-day laboratory testing session. The PlugFest training sessions are open to anyone who is interested to attend. The PlugFest testing sessions are open only to those organizations that have signed the Affiliated Test Bed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and the Amendment to the Affiliated Test Bed MOA. If you have not yet signed the MOA and would like to attend a testing session, please follow the instructions for the Affiliated Test Bed MOA and return the participant template so a tailored version of the MOA can be prepared for your signature.


Past Events


Test Specifications
PlugFests will test Model Deployment 5.9GHz DSRC broadcast communications as well as new peer-to-peer data exchanges between vehicle components and the back-office situation data warehouse. A working example of that information flow including the hop through a roadside device acting as an Internet gateway will be demonstrated at the PlugFests.

Specific message sets to be tested will include:

  • FHWA (Safety Pilot) SPaT\Map Messages:
    • From Intersection RSU
    • From the Lab RSU
  • (Safety Pilot) Curve Speed Warning (CSW) Message:
    • From Intersection RSU
    • From the Lab RSU
    • 2-4 CSW Messages
  • IPv6 Gateway:
    • From Intersection RSU
    • From the Lab RSU
  • Vehicle Situation Data Message Mock up:
    • Vehicle Situation Data Message definition
    • Lab Only; Vehicle (laptop) sends Vehicle Situation Data Message to Local Current Situation Data warehouse (Lab Server) using the defined (see attached) message sequence

The RSUs and ASDs for the 2014 Architecture in the USDOT Test Bed will be based on T-10001-T2-05_RSE_Device_Design_Specification_v30 and T-10001-T2-05_ASD_Device_Design_Specification_20120109, respectively. Participants can bring either RSUs, ASDs, or both to the PlugFest to test and verify functionality.

The PlugFests will provide FHWA SPaT and Map, Safety Pilot Curve Speed Warning messages, BSMs, and WSAs, and a mockup of the 2014 Architecture Vehicle Situation Data Message exchanges, including LCSDW and ASD surrogates exchanges. Participants can test their VSDM with the Saxton Lab LCSDW surrogate or their LCSDW with the Saxton Lab ASD surrogate.


Design Specifications
PlugFest participants are strongly encouraged to review the following security and device specifications design documents before attending PlugFest events.


Information about ITS Standards (including their publication status) is available on the ITS Standards website. The ITS Standards related to Vehicle to Vehicle and Vehicle to Infrastructure research are:

  • IEEE 1609.11 - 2010 - Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) – Over-the-Air Electronic Payment Data Exchange Protocol for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • IEEE 1609.12 - 2012 - Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Identifier Allocations
  • IEEE 1609.3 - 2010 - Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Networking Services
  • IEEE 1609.4-2010 - Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Multi-Channel Operation
  • IEEE 1609.2 - Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Security Services for Applications and Management Messages
  • IEEE 802.11 - 2012 - Standard for Information Technology - Telecommunications and Information Exchange between Systems - Local and Metropolitan Area Networks - Specific Requirements - Part II: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specification
  • SAE J2735 - Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Message Set Dictionary


Event Management

  • Dedicated event coordinator
  • Local and logistical support (hosting site, hotels, catering, shipment)
  • Online registration
  • Legal support (MoA, rules of engagement)
  • Promotion of the event

For more information, contact Anna Giragosian, Connected Vehicle Test Bed Outreach Coordinator.


How are PlugFests organized?

  • Vendor-to-vendor test sessions assess the level of interoperability and the correct understanding of the base standard requirements for the Southeast Michigan Connected Vehicle Test Bed Deployment
  • Engineers get together to test the interoperability of their implementations
  • Participants bring their own devices (BYOD) for interoperability testing
  • Vendors, equipment manufacturer and application developers attend specifically
  • Multiple day, two track events offer training track for new participants and an operations track for those conducting testing
  • Classroom training and lab environment provide connectivity, instruction, and facilities
  • Neutral place covered by a MOA
  • Replicated at test bed sites across the country


Why should you attend the PlugFests?

  • Create an opportunity for companies to test their implementations with their partners and competitors
  • Ensure interoperability across multiple implementations and standards
  • Debug both the standard and the companies' implementations at an early stage
  • Enhance the quality of specifications
  • Support the deployment of connected vehicle technology
  • Enable networking between partners, competitors and other experts
  • Get support from experienced connected vehicle deployment experts to improve your equipment
  • Provide feedback and discuss with experts which features are needed for your applications or use cases

The USDOT Connected Vehicle Test Bed team provides the following support to participants:

  • Technical Management
  • Customized test bed environments
  • Test cases and specifications for each event
  • Test session scheduling supervision
  • Collected feedback as input to the standards process
  • IT support


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icon Interoperability Meeting

The Joint Program Office hosts an ongoing series of web meetings to help people with component interoperability. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 EST. Three groups are encouraged to participate:

  • Those who have a plan to use our Southeast Michigan 2014 Test Bed
  • Those who plan to do a demonstration at ITW World Congress 2014
  • Those who are working for an ITS Joint Program Office project including those who are part of the Affiliated Test Beds

People from these three groups should contact Mary Schafer to get on the email broadcast list and receive meeting invitations.

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