US DoT rolls out connected vehicle pilot programs

September 15, 2015 //By Rich Pell
US DoT rolls out connected vehicle pilot programs
The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced funding for pilot programs in several U.S. cities and states to promote next-generation connected vehicle technologies.

Selected in a competitive process, New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa (FL) will receive up to $42 million as part of the DOT's national Connected Vehicle Pilot deployment program . which is designed to enable interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communications devices. The program's goals are to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as cut the unimpaired vehicle crash rate by 80%.

In New York City, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology will be installed in 10,000 city-owned vehicles that frequently travel in midtown Manhattan. In addition, traffic signals in Manhattan and Brooklyn will be equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, and roadside units equipped with connected vehicle technology will be installed along the FDR Drive in Manhattan.

In Tampa, the DOT awarded $17 million to help solve peak rush hour congestion in the city's downtown section and to protect pedestrians by equipping their smartphones with the same connected technology being put into the vehicles. The city has also committed to measuring the environmental benefits seen from using the technology.

In Wyoming, the program will focus on the safe and efficient movement of freight via commercial heavy-duty vehicles through the I-80 east-west corridor. Wyoming DOT will use V2V and V2I technology to collect traffic information and distribute it to vehicles not equipped with the new technologies.

The U.S. DOT expects that the anonymous data collected from these connected vehicles will "be the basis for a multitude of innovative applications that will lead to smart vehicles, smart infrastructure, and ultimately smart cities." Information on future pilot programs will be available in the coming months.

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