A Detailed Look at the Current State of the Practice of Connected Vehicle Procurement

Interested in how state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local agencies are purchasing connected vehicle (CV) equipment and systems today? Curious about any emerging trends in the field? The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Connected Vehicle Procurement State of the Practice Assessment: Summary Findings Report provides a detailed look at the current state of the practice of the procurement of CV technologies by transportation agencies.

In a variety of forums, procurement has surfaced as an important and challenging topic that agencies must address in deploying CV projects. Due to the emerging nature of this field, most state and local transportation agencies have had limited experience with procuring CV systems. Given the current state of the marketplace for CV vendors and equipment manufacturers, the USDOT's Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program, the Signal Phase and Time (SPaT) Challenge Initiative, and other CV or connected and automated vehicle testing and deployment efforts by leading agencies, the USDOT commissioned an assessment of the state of the practice for procuring CV equipment and systems. The assessment also aimed to determine initial lessons learned from early deployers and identify next steps and recommended activities toward improving the likelihood that agencies will successfully procure CV projects.

The project addresses the question of how state DOTs and local agencies are purchasing CV equipment and systems today and what trends are emerging. The assessment involved interviews with agency contacts that have either implemented or are planning to implement CV deployments. These agencies discussed their planned or implemented procurement approaches based on their own experiences, challenges faced or anticipated in their CV procurements, and future training and technology transfer needs. The report offers a synthesis of this information and provides examples of individual responses. Three CV procurement case studies are also documented, including the project background, procurement approach, results, and lessons learned to date.

Read the full report at: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/37173.