New Website Helps Local Communities Prepare for Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. The USDOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program in early 2015.

These pilots will serve as initial implementations of connected vehicle technology deployed in real-world settings with the aim of delivering near-term safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public.

Details about the program can be found at http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.

The new website includes:

  • Latest news about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program
  • A downloadable fact sheet
  • Examples of how local communities can participate in the pilot program
  • A list of proposed applications
  • A high-level roadmap outlining how the program will be rolled out
  • A proposed program schedule.

The USDOT connected vehicle research program is a multimodal initiative that aims to enable safe, interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communications devices. Connected vehicle research is sponsored by the DOT and others to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. Research has resulted in a considerable body of work supporting pilot deployments, including concepts of operations and prototyping for more than two dozen applications. Concurrent Federal research efforts developed critical cross-cutting technologies and other enabling capabilities required to integrate and deploy applications.

Based on the successful results of the connected vehicle research program, and the recent decision by NHTSA to pursue vehicle-to-vehicle communications safety technology for light vehicles, the USDOT envisions the pilot program as a mechanism to spur the implementation of connected vehicle technology in regions throughout the country.

The USDOT wants to work with a variety of communities—big cities, rural areas, and interstate highway-based communities, regions with snowy weather, and communities with heavy pedestrian traffic. The Department’s goal is to encourage multiple stakeholders (e.g., private companies, states, transit agencies, commercial vehicle operators, and freight shippers) to partner in deploying connected vehicle applications using data 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). Pilot deployments offer an opportunity for stakeholders and partners to develop operational systems that exist well beyond the life of the program.

The USDOT envisions multiple pilot deployments with an initial wave starting in calendar year 2015. This is an opportunity for your community to be on the cutting edge of this new technology, but there will be a limited time to submit proposals so start planning now.

For more information, visit the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment website: http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.

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