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The ITS Strategic Plan 2015-2019 outlines the direction and goals of the USDOT’s ITS Program and provides a framework around which the ITS JPO and other Department agencies will conduct research, development, and adoption activities to achieve them.
•The proposed rulemaking is the culmination of more than a decade of work in partnership with others in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the automotive industry, State and local transportation departments, and academic institutions to prove out and develop consensus standards that support a coordinated, national deployment of V2V technology.
•This is the first proposed mandate of V2V technology worldwide.
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Published in August 2014
NHTSA also published the 304-page “V2V Readiness Report” for public comment
•NHTSA will review the submitted comments and adjust the proposal as appropriate before issuing a final rule
It should be noted that the deployment of V2I technologies will be voluntary and is not coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rulemaking for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.
•Phase 1:  Concept Development
•Creates the foundational plan to enable further design and deployment
•Progress Gate: Is the concept ready for deployment?
•Phase 2: Design/Deploy/Test
•Detailed design and deployment followed by testing to ensure deployment functions as intended (both technically and institutionally)
•Progress Gate: Does the system function as planned?
•Phase 3: Maintain/Operate
•Focus is on assessing the performance of the deployed system
•Post Pilot Operations (CV tech integrated into operational practice)
Schedule discusses how these sites move forward and the overall schedule. Overall timeframe is a 50 month window.
Phase 1: good concept development phase important to reduce risk of failure after deployment. This period includes planning for how to measure impacts, ensure safety, train participants for operations, etc. Completion of concept development phase ends with the Comprehensive Deployment Plan which essentially answers the progress gate question of whether the concept is ready for deployment or not.
If yes, 20 month design/deploy/test phase follows, where there is more detailed design and the system is tested both technically and institutionally.
If the system functions in a safe and effective manner, a progress gate leads to the maintain and operate phase for the next 18 months – this is where the benefits assessment and performance measurement will most likely occur.
On 7 December 2015, the USDOT issued the Smart City Challenge encouraging cities to put forward their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing.
U.S. DOT received seventy-eight applications – one from nearly every mid-sized city in America.
The seven finalist cities that were announced at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March – Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco – rose to the Smart City Challenge in an extraordinary way. They presented innovative concepts, proposing to create new first of a kind corridors for autonomous vehicles to move city residents, to electrify city fleets, and to collectively equip over thirteen thousand buses, taxis, and cars with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.
On 23 June 2016, Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Columbus, OH as the winner of the Smart City Challenge.