The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Offers Training on Connected Vehicles at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

The USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office is offering a Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop at ITS America’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Exposition on April 21, 2013, in Nashville, TN. This 3-hour workshop will describe the connected vehicle concept and provide the status of the USDOT’s connected vehicle research program.

The connected vehicle concept leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to enable communication among vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and personal mobile devices. The USDOT has been researching connected vehicles because of its promise to ultimately enhance the mobility and quality of life of all Americans, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation. 

Connected vehicles are now moving from research to reality. Several states have gained valuable experience in deploying a connected vehicle application in the field through their participation in ITS test beds. In addition, the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, MI, is underway and will provide lessons learned about implementing connected vehicle technology in the real world.

The Connected Vehicle 101 Workshop will also report on these ITS test beds and the model deployment. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to describe their decision factors and needs concerning the future connected vehicle deployment.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in the USDOT connected vehicle program, including state and local agency staff, the consultants who serve them, and other industry partners. Those with prior knowledge of the connected vehicle program may also benefit from this workshop.