Connected vehicles use vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and
vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to provide connectivity that
will enable countless safety, mobility, and environmental applications.
Connected vehicle technologies allow vehicles to send and receive information
about their movements in the network – offering cities unprecedented
opportunities to provide more responsive and efficient mobility solutions in
real-time and in the long term. Data derived from connected vehicles provide
insights to transportation operators helping to understand demand and assist
in predicting and responding to movements around a city. A successful Smart
City may demonstrate safety, mobility, and/or environmental applications.
Automated transportation offers tremendous possibilities for
enhancing safety, mobility, accessibility, equity, and the environment. The
Smart City can provide national leadership through its demonstration and
assessment of automated transportation applications and systems for the
movement of goods and people.
Some examples of automated transportation in an urban environment
•Self-driving vehicles coupled with smart infrastructure;
•Driver-assisted automation could reduce fuel use and
congestion enabling closer spacing and narrower lanes for vehicles;
•Self-driving shuttles and other forms of fully automated
vehicles could operate at low speeds enabling new mobility options for
services such as first/last mile travel to local destinations and access to
public transportation; and
•Fully automated trucks and buses may also be used in
intermodal facilities, such as ports, depots, and maintenance facilities to
improve driver and vehicle efficiencies.