U.S. Department of Transportation Announces first-ever Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture Workshop in San Jose, California


The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a free public workshop to seek comments on the Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture program (CVRIA).  The workshop is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Programs Office (ITS JPO) and it will take place in San Jose, California, April 30 – May 1, 2013.

Connected vehicle safety applications are designed to increase situational awareness and reduce or eliminate crashes through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data communications. Connected vehicle mobility applications provide a connected, data-rich travel environment. These communications should support driver advisories, driver warnings, and vehicle and/or infrastructure controls, by capturing real-time data from equipment located on-board vehicles (automobiles, trucks, and buses) and within the transportation infrastructure. The data are transmitted wirelessly and are used by transportation managers in a wide range of dynamic, multi-modal applications to manage the transportation system for optimum performance. As part of this, connected vehicle environmental applications both generate and capture environmentally relevant real-time transportation data and use this data to support and facilitate green transportation choices, thus reducing the environmental impacts of each trip.

Successful implementation and operation of a connected vehicle environment (CVE) will require vendors and implementers to understand where standards will be needed; planning for deployment of these new technologies and applications will require guidelines that assist deployers with using the new connected vehicle elements within the National ITS Architecture. These efforts to identify standards and develop guidelines are most effectively performed by developing a set of System Architecture Viewpoints that describe the: functional, physical and logical interfaces; enterprise relationships; and communications dependencies for each technology and application within the connected vehicle environment. These viewpoints result in a Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA).

A consolidated list of interfaces to be considered for standardization will be developed from the CVRIA. This consolidated list will include interfaces to be considered for standardization, and a plan for the development, modification, and adoption of standards to cover selected interfaces of sufficient public interest. The resulting architecture viewpoints will be incorporated into the National ITS Architecture.

To gain important feedback from the stakeholders who  will be involved in manufacturing, developing, deploying, operating, or maintaining the connected vehicle technologies and applications, the USDOT is hosting a CVRIA workshop from April 30-May 1, 2013, to discuss and solicit feedback on preliminary architecture viewpoint drafts and initial findings.

The project is sponsored and led by the USDOT’s ITS JPO, under the management of the ITS Architecture and Standards Programs and in cooperation with the Systems Engineering and Test Bed Programs.

For Further Information Contact:

Adam Hopps
Transportation Program Specialist
Intelligent Transportation Society of America
1100 17th Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-680-0091

Updates will be available on the ITS Program website at: www.its.dot.gov under Press Room: Public Meetings and Events, and on the ITS Standards website.

Supplementary Information:

The workshop will be conducted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00pm PDT and on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 8:30am – 4:00 p.m. PDT. It will take place at the Hyatt Place in Downtown San Jose, located at 282 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, California, 95113.

As the CVRIA results are expected to affect a wide variety of public and private organizations, it is important that the analysis be informed by the needs and requirements of the connected vehicle community. An initial analysis of existing documents—Concept of Operations and System Requirements, among others—have produced a preliminary basis for developing architecture viewpoints. The workshop is an opportunity to review and comment on the earliest architecture results.

A second workshop, to be held in the Detroit, Michigan area in September of 2013, will allow the stakeholder community to review and comment on the standards strategy, including prioritization of interfaces and plan for standards development.

The CVRIA project is expected to result in:

  • Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA): The project will produce a reference implementation architecture for the connected vehicle environment. This will form the basis for integrating the connected vehicle environment into the National ITS Architecture and provide the interface information needed for standardization planning.
  • Connected Vehicle Interfaces: The project will identify interfaces that are candidates for standardization.
  • Standards Development Plan: The candidate interfaces will be evaluated and prioritized to inform a US DOT connected vehicle standardization plan. This plan will assist USDOT in determining how to most effectively support connected vehicle standardization needs in the future, including identifying opportunities for internationally harmonized standardization.
  • Policy Foundation: The project will provide a basis for developing connected vehicle policies for use of standards, and certification, and (potentially) other policies.