Program Overview

Program Vision

The program seeks to spur innovation among early adopters of connected vehicle application concepts using the best available and emerging ITS and communications technologies. The pilot deployments are expected to integrate connected vehicle research concepts into practical and effective elements, enhancing existing operational capabilities. The intent of these pilot deployments is to encourage partnerships of multiple stakeholders (e.g., private companies, States, transit agencies, commercial vehicle operators, and freight shippers) to deploy applications utilizing data captured from multiple sources (e.g., vehicles, mobile devices, and infrastructure) across all elements of the surface transportation system (i.e., transit, freeway, arterial, parking facilities, and tollways) to support improved system performance and enhanced performance-based management. The pilot deployments are also expected to support an impact assessment and evaluation effort that will inform a broader cost-benefit assessment of connected vehicle concepts and technologies.

Program Goals

  • To spur early CV tech deployment not just through wirelessly connected vehicles but also through other elements that are major players in this connected environment, such as mobile devices, infrastructure, TMC, and other elements. Data can be integrated from these multiple sources to help make key decisions.
  • To target improving safety and mobility and environmental impacts and commit to measuring those benefits. Measurement of the impacts and benefits will be gathered from real world deployments, rather than an isolated test bed or a computer-based simulation testbed. Differentiating and finding these benefits and identifying what can be attributed to these CV applications and technologies is an important component of the activity.
  • To resolve issues of various deployments. People often first jump to technical areas and focus on getting applications to work together- but that is only part of the concern. Institutional arrangements must be put in place to ensure installation of the technology as well as to manage and govern the sharing of information. Also, financial arrangements must be made that may integrate the technologies into a financially sustainable model that be sustained following the initial funding from the initial pilots.

Three-part graphic representing the Connected Vehicle Pilot program goals. On the left is Spur Early CV Tech Deployment; images under show wirelessly connected vehicles, mobile devices, and infrastructure. In the middles is Measure Deployment Benefits; images below represent safety, mobility, and environment. On the right is Resolve Deployment Issues; images below represent technical, institutional, and financial.

Program Schedule

The CV Pilots Deployment Program seeks to combine connected vehicle and mobile device technologies in innovative and cost-effective ways to improve traveler mobility and system productivity, while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing safety. The USDOT has selected three pilot sites, who are entering into the third phase of the deployment where the tested connected vehicle systems will be operational for a minimum 18-month period and system impact will be monitored on a set of key performance measures.

Graphics shows the three phases of the program. Phase 1, Concept Development, started in September 2015 and lasted 12 months. Phase 2, Design/Build/Test, started in September 2016 and ended in September 2018. Phase 3, Maintain/Operate Pilot, started from September 2018 to January 2021 with an end date of September 2020 through December 2021. From there, the pilots transition into Post-Pilot, Routine Operations.

Program Roadmap

Graphic represents the high-level roadmap for the Connected Vehicle Pilot Program. Activity areas include stakeholder engagement and outreach, security management and certification, application development and open source, pilot deployments, impact assessment and cost-benefit analyses, and open data.