USDOT Announces New Connected Vehicle Test Bed Affiliation

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) has organized an affiliation of 5.9 GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) infrastructure device makers, operators of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) installations, and developers of applications that use V2I communications.

This affiliation will provide a common technical platform for connected vehicle technology and expand test bed options for users. This will help to ensure that all future connected vehicle applications are based on common implementations of the communications technology. The affiliation will harness the collective abilities of its members to transition the technology toward full deployment by:

  • Exchanging information
  • Sharing deployment lessons learned
  • Developing a common technical platform
  • Expanding test bed options for users.

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration recently entered into eight memoranda of agreement (MOA) with public, private, and academic organizations involved in the affiliation of test beds. These include:

  • Arada Systems
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Detroit Department of Public Works
  • Security Innovation
  • Siemens Industry Inc.
  • Cohda Wireless America LLC.
  • Dering & Estrada
  • University of Michigan

In addition to the collaborators who have signed the MOA, a number of organizations have expressed interest in becoming an affiliate test bed collaborator. Any organization that signs the MOA has an equal ability to participate in the affiliation.

The purpose of this and similar memoranda is to create a non-binding, precompetitive affiliation that facilitates the exchange of information, as well as the sharing of U.S. Department of Transportation tools and resources across facilities to support and encourage consistent, future development and deployment of infrastructure components. This is a significant contribution to the ITS JPO connected vehicle program goal of ensuring successful deployment of 5.9GHz DSRC and other communication media in research test beds.