U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Connected Vehicle Test Bed Affiliation

The U.S Department of Transportation released a memoranda that helps to create an affiliation of 5.9GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) infrastructure device makers, operators of Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I ) installations, and developers of applications that use V2I communications. The goal of creating this organizational structure is to harness the collective abilities of these members to transition the technology toward full deployment by allowing for the exchange of information, the sharing of deployment lessons learned,  developing a common technical platform, and expanding test bed options for users.

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) expects to enter into a number of these agreements with public, private, and academic organizations to create an affiliation of test beds. All agreements will give the named organization an equal ability to participate in the affiliation. The overall goal of the affiliation is to arrive at a consensus of the stakeholders in devices and installations that use V2I communication. That consensus will be embodied in various requirement documents and deployment guidelines. These agreements will be structured in a manner that facilitates the exchange of information that will result in a series of documents, as well as the sharing of tools and resources across all facilities to support and encourage a consistent, future deployment of 5.9GHz DSRC and other V2I wireless communications technology.