Video interview: UMTRI provides update of connected-vehicle pilot program

  • 17-Apr-2013 06:48 EDT

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been conducting a model deployment of connected vehicles, called Safety Pilot, in Ann Arbor, MI, since August 2012. The goal of the program is to determine the effectiveness of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety applications for reducing crashes, show how drivers respond to these technologies in a real-world multimodal environment, and evaluate the feasibility, scalability, security, and interoperability of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC).

Empirical data collected from the year-long pilot program will be critical to supporting NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) 2013 decision on vehicle communications for safety, according to UMTRI.

Debby Bezzina, Senior Program Manager for Safety Pilot Model Deployment at UMTRI, spoke with SAE Magazines at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit about where the program stands today and where it goes after completion in August 2013. Click here to view the discussion.

Other entities involved in Safety Pilot include:

Parsons Brinckerhoff/City of Ann Arbor: City infrastructure

HNTB/Michigan Department of Transportation: State highway infrastructure and outreach

Mixon Hill: Infrastructure data backhaul

SAIC: Interoperability testing

escrypt: Wireless security

TTI: Application evaluation/recommendations

AAA: Outreach assistance.

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