CONNECTED VEHICLES: U.S. DOT launches community resource website for connected-vehicle pilot programs

Agency hoping to kick off pilots in several regions in 2015

July 15, 2014

U.S. DOT 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. U.S. DOT 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; and
  • A proposed program schedule.

The U.S. DOT 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.

U.S. DOT envisions multiple pilot deployments with an initial wave starting in calendar year 2015.

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