Getting roads ready for connected, autonomous vehicles (ShutterStock image)

Getting roads ready for connected, autonomous vehicles

The Federal Highway Administration issued new guidelines to help state and local government agencies understand and prepare for the technology that will enable connected and autonomous vehicles.

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Guidance and Products provides city and state transportation planners with information about deploying and integrating V2I communications.

V2I strategies should be considered in long-range transportation plans, FHWA advises. This means determining which application options work well under what conditions, how they might integrate with existing traffic management and communication networks and how initiatives can be funded.

The FHWA advocates cooperation across state and local boundaries to integrate these applications into statewide and regional intelligent transportation system (ITS) architectures.  Accordingly, transportation planners must consider interoperability, as V2I deployments will have to integrate with light- and heavy-duty vehicles and transit systems in order to operate nationally. According to the guide, the systems should not be standalone deployments.

States should also prepare reliable data connections and ensure sufficient data transfer speeds between vehicles and infrastructure.  These V2I deployments should also be compatible with the security policies and the privacy requirements associated with connected vehicle environment applications that may be developed.

The guide also covers topics such as data access and ownership, public-private partnerships, transparency with citizens and procurement methods. Considering the nascent state of V2I communications, FHWA wants agencies to continue evaluating and determining the effectiveness of these tools in terms of costs, benefits, agency needs and user satisfaction.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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