USDOT to Host Webinars on the Insights, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from the First Phase of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program
Webinar Registration Link: www.itsa.org/comprehensiveconceptdeploymentplan
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that it will host three free public webinars on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. Offered by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), the webinars will explore the insights, challenges, and lessons learned from the Concept Development phase of each of the Connected Vehicle Pilots.
In September 2016, three Connected Vehicle Pilot sites, (Tampa/THEA, ICF/Wyoming, and New York City Department of Transportation) will embark on a new phase of activity to design, build, and test the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. These technologies and applications have been brought together in innovative ways to have an immediate impact—save lives, improve personal mobility, enhance economic productivity, reduce environmental impacts, and transform public agency operations.
To hear from site leaders who are breaking new ground in connected vehicle deployment, please register for these webinars by visiting: www.itsa.org/comprehensiveconceptdeploymentplan. Details about the webinars are listed below:
- Tampa (THEA) Comprehensive Concept Deployment Plan Webinar
- Date: August 19, 2016
- Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
- Presenters: Govind Vadakpat, Research Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Operations R&D; Bob Frey, Tampa (THEA) Project Manager
- ICF/Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) Comprehensive Concept Deployment Plan Webinar
- Date: August 22, 2016
- Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
- Presenters: Kate Hartman, Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Manager, ITS JPO, USDOT; Deepak Gopalakrishna, ICF/Wyoming Project Manager
- New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Comprehensive Concept Deployment Plan Webinar
- Date: August 22, 2016
- Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
- Presenters: Jonathan Walker, Transportation Research Specialist, FHWA Office of Transportation Management; Mohammed Talas, NYCDOT Project Manager
Background of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Sites:
Sponsored by USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program seeks to combine connected vehicle and mobile device technologies in innovative and cost-effective ways. Ultimately, this program will improve traveler mobility and system productivity while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing safety. The three selected pilot sites are ICF/WYDOT, NYCDOT, and Tampa (THEA). The sites will conduct the pilots in three phases—Phase 1: Concept Development, Phase 2: Design/Build/Test, and Phase 3: Operations.
The ICF/WYDOT Pilot aims to develop a suite of applications that use vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology to reduce the impact of adverse weather on truck travel in the I-80 corridor. These applications support a flexible range of services from advisories, roadside alerts, parking notifications, and dynamic travel guidance. Information from these applications are made available directly to the equipped fleets or through data connections to fleet management centers (who will then communicate it to their trucks using their own systems). The project focuses on the needs of commercial vehicle operators in Wyoming.
The NYCDOT leads the New York City Pilot, which aims to improve the safety of travelers and pedestrians in the city through the deployment of V2V and V2I connected vehicle technologies. This objective directly aligns with the city’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to reduce crashes and pedestrian fatalities and increase the safety of travelers in all modes of transportation. NYCDOT’s planned deployment provides an ideal opportunity to evaluate connected vehicle technology and applications in tightly-spaced intersections typical in a dense urban transportation system and is anticipated to be the largest connected vehicle technology deployment to date. Approximately 250 intersections in Midtown Manhattan and central Brooklyn will be instrumented with roadside equipment to communicate with up to 8,500 vehicles (taxis, buses, commercial fleet delivery trucks, and city-owned vehicles) equipped with after-market safety devices. These devices will monitor communications with other connected vehicles and infrastructure and provide alerts to vehicle drivers/operators.
The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) leads the Tampa Pilot, which aims to deploy a variety of connected vehicle technologies on and within the vicinity of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway reversible express lanes in downtown Tampa. In addition to the Expressway, the deployment area contains bus and trolley services, high pedestrian densities, special event trip generators, and highly variable traffic demand over the course of a typical day. The primary objective of this deployment is to improve safety and alleviate congestion on the roadway during morning commuting hours. The project team will deploy V2V and V2I safety, mobility, and agency data applications to create reinforcing benefits for motorists, pedestrians, and transit operation.
For more information on the ITS JPO and current sponsored programs, please visit: http://www.its.dot.gov.