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U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Broad Agency Announcement for the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program

posted Feb 4, 2015, 1:52 PM by Andy Palanisamy

The USDOT announced the release of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Phase 1: Concept Development of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, January 30, 2015.

 

Connected vehicle research is being sponsored by the USDOT and others to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. These efforts have resulted in a considerable body of research that is now in hand to support pilot deployments. Building on the collective body of connected vehicle research, the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program seeks operational deployments of connected vehicle applications that synergistically capture and utilize new forms of connected vehicle and mobile device data to improve multimodal surface transportation system performance and enable enhanced performance-based systems management. The overall objective of Phase 1 is to set the stage for a connected vehicle pilot deployment that has an observable and measureable near-term impact, deployed on-time, and within budget.

 

As indicated in the BAA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to award multiple Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Contracts. The anticipated period of performance shall not exceed 12 months. To access the full solicitation, please see:https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=4bb6693ac3021c178595d83fab3b5d73&tab=core&_cview=1.

 

For more information on the solicitation, please contact Joseph Fusari by phone at202-366-4244 or via email at Joseph.Fusari@dot.gov.

 

For more information on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, please visit the program's website at: http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.


USDOT Unveils New Animated Video Illustrating the Benefits of Connected Vehicle Technology

posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:36 PM by Andy Palanisamy

The USDOT has developed an animated video to illustrate the concept of connected vehicles and help the public understand its potential benefits.

Connected Vehicle


 

Connected vehicle technology enables our cars to wirelessly communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and even our personal mobile devices, sharing valuable information that could save lives, reduce congestion, and lessen the impact of transportation on our environment. The USDOT's new animated video shows connected vehicles in action, moving through several scenarios that highlight the technology's benefits in safety, mobility, environment, road weather, and emergency response.

 

The video illustrates how anonymous data from connected vehicles will be collected and used as the basis for a myriad of applications such as:

  • Emergency Electronic Brake Light Warning - Notifies the driver when an out-of-sight vehicle, several cars ahead, is braking.
  • Road Weather Motorist Warning - Issues alerts and advisories to travelers about deteriorating road and weather conditions on specific roadway segments.
  • Eco-Approach and Departure at Signalized Intersections - Provides information to drivers about traffic signal timing, allowing drivers to adapt their speed so they pass the signal on green or decrease speed to a stop in the most eco-friendly way possible.
  • Incident Zone Warning - Alerts drivers to incidents ahead, warning them to slow down and change lanes; also, alerts first responders at the scene about approaching vehicles that pose a danger to them.
  • Queue Warning - Monitors traffic data to detect stretches of slow-moving traffic and warn motorists to reduce speeds to avoid potential rear-end collisions.
  • Connection Protection - Gives passengers real-time transit information so they can more accurately predict whether they will make their next connection. If multiple people on a delayed bus will miss their next connection, transportation providers can adjust bus departures to enable the passengers to make their next connection.
  • Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal System - Sends an "automated pedestrian call" from the smart phone of a pedestrian with disabilities to the traffic controller, holding the walk signal until the pedestrian has cleared the crosswalk. Also, alerts drivers of the presence of a pedestrian with disabilities at the crosswalk.

 

Connected vehicles will be on our roads sooner than you think. The technology will transform our transportation system as we know it and unleash tremendous benefits for generations to come.

 

Take a look at the future of transportation. The video is available: http://www.its.dot.gov/library/media/15cv_future.htm.   

 

You can see more connected vehicle videos at the Intelligent Transportation Systems website at: http://www.its.dot.gov/library/video.htm

 

You can learn more about how connected vehicles work by visiting:

http://www.its.dot.gov/factsheets/pdf/JPO_HowCVWork_v3.pdf.


USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Webinar Series Part 6: CO-PILOT Cost Estimator

posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:32 PM by Andy Palanisamy

Cory Krause, Pathways Civil Engineer

FHWA Office of Operations Research and Development

 

Denise Masi, Fellow, Noblis, Inc.

 

January 7, 2015

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

www.itsa.org/cvpilotswebinar  

 

The Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program seeks to combine connected vehicle and mobile device technologies in innovative and cost-effective ways. Ultimately, this program will improve traveler mobility and system productivity while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) anticipates a procurement action for multiple pilot deployment concepts in 2015.

 

The USDOT is sponsoring a webinar series to provide more information on the pilot deployment program. Part 6 of the series will be hosted by Cory Krause, Pathways Civil Engineer, FHWA Office of Operations Research and Development. Mr. Krause will provide an overview of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program and the Cost Overview for Planning Ideas and Logical Organization Tool (CO-PILOT). Denise Masi, the CO-PILOT Task Manager, will demonstrate the features of the CO-PILOT Cost Estimator.

 

CO-PILOT is a high-level cost estimation planning tool designed to facilitate the development of cost estimates for the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments. Featuring an intuitive and user-friendly interface, CO-PILOT allows users to generate deployment cost estimates for 56 applications drawn from the following program areas: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety, Mobility, Environment, Road Weather, Smart Roadside, and Agency Data.

 

To register for the webinar, please visit: www.itsa.org/cvpilotswebinar.

 

To access CO-PILOT, visit: https://co-pilot.noblis.org/CVP_CET/.

 

For more information on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, please visit the program's website at: http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.


USDOT Releases Synopsis of Connected Vehicles Pilot Deployment Program

posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:32 PM by Andy Palanisamy

In accordance with FAR Part 5.203 and in response to the mandatory requirement for a pre-solicitation notification, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is pleased to announce the issue of the synopsis notice of Phase 1: Concept Development on December 19, 2014.

 

The solicitation number for this acquisition is DTFH6115R00003.

 

Connected vehicle research is being sponsored by the USDOT and others to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. These efforts have resulted in a considerable body of research that is now in hand to support pilot deployments. Building on the collective body of connected vehicle research, the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program seeks operational deployments of connected vehicle applications that synergistically capture and utilize new forms of connected vehicle and mobile device data to improve multimodal surface transportation system performance and enable enhanced performance-based systems management. The overall objective of Phase 1 is to set the stage for a connected vehicle pilot deployment that has an observable measureable near-term impact, deployed on-time, and within budget.

 

As indicated in the synopsis, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to award multiple Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Contracts. The anticipated period of performance shall not exceed 12 months. The solicitation will be issued on or before January 30, 2015. To access a full version of the synopsis notice, please go to https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9ddd7050054d7d66d4cb486bea180f6d&tab=core&_cview=0.

 

For more information on the synopsis, please contact Joseph Fusari by phone at202-366-4244 or via email at Joseph.Fusari@dot.gov.

 

For more information on the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, please visit the program's website at: http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots.


TRB 2015 Annual Meeting - Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs: Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session

posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:44 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 2:49 PM ]

TRB 2015 Annual Meeting - Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs

Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session 

Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30)

Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems (AHB15)

Joint Subcommittee on Challenges and Opportunities of Road Vehicle Automation

Vehicle-Highway automation has generated strong interest within the past year, leading to the initiation of a wide variety of new projects and programs.  Because of the novelty of this field, many of the new activities have not yet advanced to the stage that they can present sufficiently definitive results that would pass the normal peer review criteria for a technical paper.  Nevertheless, the plans and focus areas of these projects and programs are likely to be of significant interest to the TRB Annual Meeting participants. This poster session provides exposure to a wide range of topics and activities in the field of vehicle-highway automation.

Abstracts are invited now. The following topic areas related to vehicle-highway automation are suitable for the poster session:

  •  introductions to research centers or programs
  •  research agendas
  • prospective studies and work in progress
  • qualitative research studies

Please note that abstracts will be peer reviewed.  A limited number of posters will be selected for presentation based on the following criteria:

  • technical quality
  • originality
  • direct relevance to the field of vehicle-highway automation
  •  appropriateness of the methodology
  •  non-commercial nature of the content.

Abstracts are due by September 15, 2014.  Peer review decisions will be announced by October 15, 2014.  

  • Please submit your abstract by emailing to TRBposter.automation@gmail.com
  • Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.
  • Abstracts should include:
    • Name, affiliation, and contact information for all authors
    • A descriptive title
    • A short description (300 words) of the proposed poster content

TRB Webinar: State of the Art Use of Probe Vehicle Data ( December 9, 2013 @ 2PM)

posted Nov 18, 2013, 10:56 AM by Andy Palanisamy

TRB will conduct a webinar on December 9, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. ET that will explore state-of-the-art uses of probe vehicle data by state departments of transportation. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.


Click Here To Register


Webinar presenters will describe data visualization applications used to transform probe vehicle data into actionable information that is utilized in decision making, performance measurement, and performance management. In addition, presenters will cover multiple types of probe vehicle data from different data providers that are utilized in applications ranging from congestion and mobility management, work zone management, and large scale event management (e.g., snow storms).

Webinar Presenters:
  • Dipak Patel, South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Jason Firman, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Michael L. Pack, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory
  • Kelly Wells, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Moderated by: Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory

Webinar Outline:

  • Overview and introductions
  • Performance measurements derived from the data and unique ways of visualizing data on rural and arterial roads
  • Michigan DOT's use of probe vehicle data in measuring regain time (i.e., time to return to normal after a large-scale weather event), calculating user delay costs, and determining specific performance goals
  • Use of the Work Zone Monitoring application that utilizes probe vehicle data in real time to measure congestion and mobility in a work zone and provide operators with information to better manage a work zone
  • North Carolina DOT's use of Vehicle Probe Project Suite application to analyze mobility across multiple corridors and identify problem locations

The first 60 minutes of the webinar is for presentations and the final 30 minutes is reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand innovative uses of probe vehicle data, available applications, visualizations, performance measures, and management techniques that can be utilized and applied.
  • To understand standard performance measures such as travel time index, buffer time index, and regain time.

To ensure that you receive notices about upcoming webinars, please subscribe to the TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter.


Registration Information: 

Click here to register.  There is no fee for employees of TRB sponsors who register using their work email address. In addition to employees of TRB sponsor organizations, the following are eligible to receive complimentary webinar registration:

  • TRB and National Academies employees
  • Chairs of TRB standing committees, sections, or groups
  • Members of the media
  • Employees of tribal governments
  • Congressional staff members

Other sites must pay $89 per site. View our pricing page for details.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Professional Development Hour information:
A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For groups, only the person that registers and attends the session will receive a PDH certificate. 

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are required to email Reggie Gillum, RGillum@nas.edu, with their license number.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board. 

This webinar was developed in August 2013. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Certificates of Completion will be issued to individuals who register for and attend the entire webinar session. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, PO Box 1686, Clemson, SC, 29633. Website:www.RCEP.net

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum atRGillum@nas.edu.

USDOT to Host Public Meeting on Connected Vehicle Research and Policy Program: September 24-26, 2013, in Arlington, VA

posted Aug 28, 2013, 8:39 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 8:27 AM ]

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host its public meeting providing an overview of the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) connected vehicle research program.

The Connected Vehicle Program Public Meeting is the best opportunity to learn details about the connected vehicle research program in anticipation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013 decision regarding vehicle safety communications for light vehicles and 2014 decision for heavy vehicles.

The meeting will be held from September 24 to 26, 2013, at the Holiday Inn in Arlington, VA. The meeting will have focused discussions on the ITS JPO’s connected vehicle safety program, including vehicle-to-vehicle communications, safety pilot, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, human factors, and policy. There will also be a special session dedicated to the ITS Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019. In addition, there will be a session on the developing USDOT Multimodal Plan for Vehicle Automation. 


To register for the meeting, please visit: www.itsa.org/connectedvehicleworkshop.

To book a hotel room, visit http://www.hiarlington.com/ or call 1-800-HOLIDAY.

USDOT releases first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE)

posted Mar 15, 2013, 4:02 PM by Andy Palanisamy

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration and the Federal Highway Administration released the first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE), a transportation data sharing system that promotes sharing of archived and real-time data from multiple sources and multiple modes. This new data sharing capability will support the needs of Intelligent Transportation System researchers and developers while reducing costs and encouraging innovation. Data accessible through the RDE is quality-checked, well-documented, and available to the public. 

The RDE can be found on line at https://www.its-rde.net.

RDE Release 1: Current and Near-Term Contents

There are nine data environments in the RDE, with more on the way.  Each data environment has multiple data sets and standards-based metadata.  The nine data environments include:

  • Three sets of trials of connected vehicle technology (onboard equipment sending probe messages to roadside equipment) conducted from 2008 through 2010 at the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Michigan Test Bed, plus data from a detailed simulation of the test bed area.
  • Two sets of data collected in Orlando, Fla., and Leesburg, Va. from Vehicle Awareness Devices that record vehicle position, heading, speed, and acceleration every 0.1 second in the format of a standard Basic Safety Message.
  • One year of freeway volume, occupancy, and speed data from San Diego, Calif., including incident reports, weather reports, and sample GPS vehicle location data vehicle tracks.
  • Two months of freeway and arterial data from Portland, Ore. including arterial travel times, signal timing plans, freeway incidents, weather reports, and transit stops.
  • Six months of freeway and arterial data from Seattle, Wash. including freeway and arterial travel times, incidents and message sign data, signal timing plans, weather reports, and transit stops.
  • Two months of detailed freeway and arterial data from Pasadena, Calif. including simulated link volumes, capacities and delays; incident, work zone, and message sign data; signal timing plans; weather reports; and Close Circuit TV (CCTV) snapshots every minute.

Each of these data environments consists of multiple data sets and supporting metadata files.  Additional data environments will be created as data become available from projects related to the connected vehicle program, whether or not they are funded by USDOT.

Users may browse through the data environments or use an advanced search capability to find data sets that contain specific types of information.  Registered users may download data files, post comments about the files, and define projects to share information and collaborate with other users.  The website also contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and links to related ITS websites.


Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop (April 21, 2013) - USDOT Sponsored Training on Connected Vehicles 2013 ITS America Annual Meeting

posted Mar 15, 2013, 3:59 PM by Andy Palanisamy   [ updated Mar 15, 2013, 4:00 PM ]

The USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office is offering a Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop at ITS America’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Exposition on April 21, 2013, in Nashville, TN. This 3-hour workshop will describe the connected vehicle concept and provide the status of the USDOT’s connected vehicle research program.

The connected vehicle concept leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to enable communication among vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and personal mobile devices. The USDOT has been researching connected vehicles because of its promise to ultimately enhance the mobility and quality of life of all Americans, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation. 

Connected vehicles are now moving from research to reality. Several states have gained valuable experience in deploying a connected vehicle application in the field through their participation in ITS test beds. In addition, the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, MI, is underway and will provide lessons learned about implementing connected vehicle technology in the real world.

The Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop will also report on these ITS test beds and the model deployment. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to describe their decision factors and needs concerning the future connected vehicle deployment.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the USDOT connected vehicle program, including state and local agency staff, the consultants who serve them, and other industry partners. Those with prior knowledge of the connected vehicle program may also benefit from this workshop.

Visit http://www.itsa.org/annualmeeting/program for more information.

RFI Alert: USDOT Seeks Information on Automated Vehicle Technology

posted Mar 15, 2013, 3:56 PM by Andy Palanisamy

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking informed views on the opportunities from and challenges to the development, deployment, operation, and use of increased automation of the surface transportation system, including vehicles, drivers, users, road-based infrastructure, information systems, and applications. The goal for this Request for Information (RFI) is to develop a USDOT multimodal research plan for automation.

This area is of great interest to the public because the technology may have a significant impact on many societal issues such as driving safety, personal mobility, energy consumption, operating efficiency, environmental impact, and land use. The RFI’s focus is on learning the views of government, industry, academia, and the American public with regard to:

  • Roles of local, state, and federal governments in policy formation
  • Technical challenges
  • Human factors issues
  • Institutional issues
  • Legal issues associated with increased automation.

Input to this RFI will assist the USDOT to:

  • Identify, categorize, and prioritize key research challenges
  • Identify and begin quantifying anticipated societal costs and benefits
  • Learn about current and planned research activities among private and public research groups
  • Gain insight into commercial trends and market developments
  • Understand potential opportunities for public-private partnerships and financing
  • Organize the USDOT research plan temporally, according to near-, mid-, and long-term priorities that reflect the time-sensitive aspects of evolving automation capabilities and market demands
  • Identify appropriate areas for policy formation that can help to accelerate beneficial developments, reduce or eliminate public exposure to risk, and reduce the development and operational costs associated with automation.

The RFI can be found on FedBizOps and here:  https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOT/RITA/VNTSC/DTRT57-13-S-PNOTC/listing.html

Responses are due by 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, 2 April 2013, and shall be sent electronically to the Contracting Specialist, Michael Rigby, at michael.rigby@dot.gov.


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