A transportation system of connected vehicles communicating with each other soon be reality
With the success of the US DOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot and the Department’s recent decision to pursue vehicle-to-vehicle technology in light vehicles, a transportation system of connected vehicles communicating with each other will soon be a part of the nation’s collective reality.
Building on that momentum, the US DOT has plans for multiple regional pilot deployments of connected vehicle technology in real-world settings — bringing the promise of connected vehicles to some roads even sooner.
The Department is hosting information sessions on the pilot program at the US DOT booth during the ITS World Congress. Its Connected Vehicle 101 workshop on September 7th at Cobo Center will also provide more information about the pilot program. Attendees will have an opportunity at both to ask questions and learn more about the program.
The US DOT’s goal is to encourage multiple stakeholders, for instance private companies, states, transit agencies, commercial vehicle operators, and freight shippers, to partner in deploying connected vehicle applications using data from multiple sources such as vehicles, mobile devices, and infrastructure across all elements of the surface transportation system including transit, freeway, arterial, parking facilities, and tollways. The pilots will serve as initial implementations of connected vehicle technology in real-world settings with the aim of delivering near-term safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public.
The U.S. DOT 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. Multiple pilot deployments are envisioned with an initial wave starting in calendar year 2015.
For more information, visit the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment website.