DOT and UMTRI Testing Connected Cars and Wireless Communications

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Improv­ing safe­ty and eas­ing traf­fic and key points brought up in many trans­porta­tion sec­tors, whether that be fed­er­al safe­ty reg­u­la­tions and test­ing dri­ver­less cars. The U.S. Dept. of Trans­porta­tion and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Trans­porta­tion Research Insti­tute (UMTRI) will soon be con­duct­ing the largest exper­i­ment ever on con­nect­ed vehi­cles using wire­less sig­nals to talk to one anoth­er. The objec­tives are improv­ing high­way safe­ty while also eas­ing traf­fic.

• This advanced vehi­cle com­mu­ni­cat­ed tech­nol­o­gy could fos­ter a break­through safe­ty improve­ment – Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion says improved tech­nol­o­gy could help pre­vent as many as three out of every four high­way deaths.

• It will be a year-long project that UMTRI will con­duct in Ann Arbor, Mich., where about 3,000 cars, trucks, and bus­es equipped with vehi­cle-to-vehi­cle and vehi­cle-to-infra­struc­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices will “talk” to each oth­er and to high­way infra­struc­ture sys­tems.

High­way traf­fic and safe­ty is impact­ed by a num­ber of fac­tors, from mul­ti-car col­li­sion pile­ups, dis­tract­ed dri­ving, work­force sched­ules, sport­ing and enter­tain­ment events, and com­mer­cial vehi­cle deliv­ery and trans­port road trips. The test­ed tech­nol­o­gy will have poten­tial advan­tages for both pas­sen­ger vehi­cle and heavy duty trucks, says Scott Belch­er, pres­i­dent of the Intel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca. This asso­ci­a­tion recent­ly pre­sent­ed an award to sub­ur­ban Detroit sup­pli­er Mer­i­tor­Wab­co for devel­op­ing smart safe­ty sys­tems for com­mer­cial trucks.

• Even though bud­gets for high­way depart­ments all over the U.S. are feel­ing the squeeze, the new fed­er­al high­way bill includes fund­ing for research on con­nect­ed vehi­cles and the infra­struc­ture that should fos­ter growth and devel­op­ment, Belch­er said.

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