Michigan’s V2V test bed touted

  • 12-Apr-2011 01:27 EDT

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may become an input for active safety systems. (U.S. DOT)

SAE International has been awarded a contract to work with SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) to provide support in coordinating promotion of the U.S. Department of Transportation Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Infrastructure Technology Test Bed Operation research program.

The V2V/V2I test bed with roadside equipment is located in Oakland County, MI, and is available for testing safety, mobility, and environmental applications, services, and components in an environment using the latest technology standards and architecture. The test bed provides the capability for companies to test applications that have the potential to save lives and provide continuous real-time connectivity among users. The Michigan test bed currently covers 45 mi² (194 km²) comprising 75 linear mi (121 km) of roadways. An expansion will add 6 mi (10 km) of roadways.

Visitors to the April 12-14 SAE Congress in Detroit can learn more about the test bed and other aspects of V2V and V2I research at the U.S. DOT booth (1008).

V2V/V2I technology has the potential to reduce crashes through advisories and warnings about, for instance, a slippery patch of roadway ahead. It offers a connected, data-rich travel environment based on information transmitted anonymously from thousands of vehicles that are using the transportation system at a particular time. Real-time information about traffic congestion and other travel conditions can help drivers make more informed decisions for more fuel-efficient trips.

The V2V/V2I test bed enables network users to send SAE J2735 Dedicated Short Range Communications Message Set Dictionary-compliant road sign, advisory, and probe data management messages to vehicles wirelessly. It also enables the distribution of J2735-compliant probe data from vehicles through roadside equipment to network user subscribers.

The U.S. DOT in 2013 will decide on the future of this technology.

To learn more about the V2V and V2I test bed, contact Walter Fehr, Systems Engineering and Test Bed Manager, ITS Joint Program Office, 202-366-0278 or walton/fehr@dot.gov.

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