Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Infrastructure Based Connected Vehicle Applications
A Request for Letters of Intent Released by the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study
For the project “Connected Traffic Control System (CTCS): Research Planning and Concept Development”
The Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study (CV PFS) team is pleased to announce the Request for Letters of Intent (RFLI) to seek for an interested party to work with CV PFS on the project entitled “Connected Traffic Control System (CTCS): Research Planning and Concept Development.”
The CV PFS is a group of state, local, and international transportation agencies and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information about the pooled fund study, please visit http://www.cts.virginia.edu/cvpfs/.
The goal of this project is to develop the research plan of the Connected Traffic Control System with prioritized research areas, and to develop the concept of operations of the high priority research area(s).
The proposed schedule for the RFLI is as follows:
- RFLI Issue Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
- RFLI Questions: Any questions or requests for necessary additional information concerning this RFLI must be emailed to the University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies (UVA CTS) listed below no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
- Letters of Intent Due Date: 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Letters of Intent must be sent to the UVA CTS via email using the contact information below. The UVA CTS reserves the right to reject letters of intent received after the stated due date and time.
- Expected Subcontract Start Date: February 2018
- Term: For eighteen months
- Level of Effort: $400,000
- Refer All Questions to:
- University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies
- Attention: Hyungjun Park
- Email: email@example.com
A connected vehicles environment holds the potential to support a fundamental advance in surface transportation. While the vehicle component and infrastructure component of the transportation system have traditionally been only loosely coupled (through static signing, vehicle presence detectors, etc.), connected vehicle technology will allow the components to “work” actively together – creating a fully connected vehicles and infrastructure environment. This provides the potential for reduction in congestion, safety improvements, and improved traveler services. In order to realize this potential, a connected vehicles system and environment will require unprecedented collaboration between the private and public sectors, on a scale not required in the current loosely coupled system.
To date, the federal USDOT Connected Vehicle initiative has focused largely on “how” to technically accomplish the integration. A considerable amount of solid technical work has been devoted to developing communications standard (e.g., Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)), developing and deploying field equipment for small-scale prototype/proof-of-concept testing, and high-level conceptual development. As this work has progressed, it has become increasingly clear that there will not be a single way to implement connected vehicle technologies. For example, recent activities in the national program have demonstrated that aftermarket equipment and wireless technologies in addition to DSRC should be considered when exploring deployment of connected vehicles applications.
As owners and operators of the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, state and local transportation agencies are at the core of the connected vehicle infrastructure. While automakers and device manufacturers will dictate availability of vehicular equipment, transportation agencies will control the deployment and operation of roadside infrastructure and the incorporation of connected vehicle technologies into infrastructure applications (such as traffic signal control). To guide transportation agency involvement in connected vehicle deployments, AASHTO developed a Strategic Plan and Field Infrastructure Footprint Analysis to aid the owners and operators in the nationwide deployment of the connected vehicle infrastructure. It also identified the need for infrastructure providers to conduct research to develop applications that will make full use of the connected vehicle environment.
With this background, the pooled fund study entitled “Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Connected Vehicle Applications” was created by a group of state and local transportation agencies and FHWA in order to provide a means to conduct the work necessary for infrastructure providers to play a leading role in advancing the Connected Vehicle systems. Participating agencies include California Department of Transportation (DOT), Delaware DOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Florida DOT, Georgia DOT, Maricopa County in Arizona, Maryland DOT, Michigan DOT, Minnesota DOT, New Jersey DOT, New York DOT, Ohio DOT, Pennsylvania DOT, Tennessee DOT, Texas DOT, Transport Canada, Utah DOT, Washington DOT, and Wisconsin DOT with the Virginia DOT as lead agency and the University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies as technical leadership provider.