NEWBITS opens a cross-Atlantic communication channel to learn about the US Department of Transportation Connected Vehicle Deployment Program trials

US Department of Transportation is running connected vehicle trials in New York, Wyoming and Florida as part of the Connected Vehicle Deployment Program to move towards a nation-wide deployment of CV applications.

Despite the significant investments made in foundational research and initial development of connected vehicle (CV) applications, the US Department of Transportation (US DoT) in 2014 launched the Connected Vehicle Deployment Program (CVDP) with the vision to have multiple interoperable locations as part of one connected system (i.e. sharing common architecture, common standards, independent operations and shared resources) and move towards a nation-wide deployment of CV applications.

According to the DoT ITS Joint Programme Office website[1], the CVDP goals are:

  • “To spur early CV technological deployment not just through wirelessly connected vehicles but also through other elements that are major players in this connected environment, such as mobile devices, infrastructure, TMC, and other elements. Data can be integrated from these multiple sources to help make key decisions. 
  • To target improving safety and mobility and environmental impacts and commit to measuring those benefits. Measurement of the impacts and benefits will be gathered from real world deployments, rather than an isolated test bed or a computer-based simulation testbed. Differentiating and finding these benefits and identifying what can be attributed to these CV applications and technologies is an important component of the activity.

To resolve issues of various deployments. People often first jump to technical areas and focus on getting applications to work together- but that is only part of the concern. Institutional arrangements must be put in place to ensure installation of the technology as well as to manage and govern the sharing of information. Also, financial arrangements must be made that may integrate the technologies into a financially sustainable model that be sustained following the initial funding from the initial pilots.”

The selection strategy of the pilot sites followed a thorough methodology underpinned by the following principles:

  • Pilots are pilot deployments, that are real-world environment deployments which would allow deployed technologies to remain as permanent operational elements if the demonstration is successful;
  • there will be multiple pilot sites over time, each with different needs, focuses and applications; and

pilot deployments are expected to be both large-scale (allowing for quantification of impacts) and multi-modal and deploy multiple applications drawing on the products of US DoT and other connected vehicle research projects.

NEWBITS has established a solid liaison channel with the Wyoming DoT and Tampa Hillborough Expressway Authority to exchange knowledge and lessons learned from the CV demonstrations in Wyoming and Tampa regarding local deployment barriers, challenges and success factors to accelerate the uptake of CV applications.

 

[1] https://www.its.dot.gov/pilots/pilots_overview.htm

 

Fort further info on the Connected Vehicle Deployment Program, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/pilots/

The above information has been produced from a re-elaboration of the NEWBITS Deliverable D7.4 External Liaison Plan which will be submitted to the EC in March 2019.

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