DOT funds connected-vehicle pilots in NYC, Tampa and Wyoming

DOT funds connected-vehicle pilots in NYC, Tampa and Wyoming

New York City, Wyoming and Tampa, Fla., will receive up to $42 million dollars from the Department of Transportation to test next-generation technology in infrastructure and vehicles that will increase safety and reduce traffic congestion.

The pilot, known as the National Connected Vehicle Pilot deployment program, is an effort to go beyond traditional vehicle technologies by testing how vehicles and infrastructure can share anonymous information with each other and their surroundings in real time.

New York will install vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technology in up to 10,000 city-owned cars, buses and limousines, and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology in traffic signals in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Tampa, meanwhile, will receive $17 million to solve peak rush hour congestion in the downtown section of the city and protect pedestrians by outfitting their smartphones with the same technology being installed into vehicles.

The Wyoming DOT will distribute V2V and V2I technology to vehicles in an effort to collect information on the I-80 east-west corridor, which is critical to commercial vehicles that travel through the northern part of the United States. According to DOT, 11,000 to 16,000 vehicles travel along that corridor daily.

Connected vehicles in all three projects will yield anonymous data that can be used for a multitude of transportation applications and analytics. Studies have shown the technology could reduce unimpaired vehicle crashes by up to 80 percent and sharply reduce the 4.8 billion hours that Americans spend sitting in traffic every year.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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