On the final day of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a set of documents setting guidelines for how vehicles communicate with infrastructure.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released guidance for how to incorporate vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication in order to accelerate the deployment of the technology. The guidance, released Jan. 19, works complementarily with the department’s efforts to reduce accidents by advancing vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology announced in a proposed rule in December.
V2I communication technology could conceivably warn drivers of dangerous roadway conditions such as icy roads or an upcoming accident on the highway giving the driver notice to be on the lookout.
“V2I will make our roads safer and save lives,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the release. “This is an important step in deploying a connected vehicle environment.”
In keeping with the collaborative nature that the U.S. DOT has practiced under Foxx, the guidance is meant to help state and local governments accelerate the technology. The guidance provides information to facilitate efficient and effective planning, procurement and operations throughout the life cycle of a project.
Topics the guidance covers include:
Several documents were released as a reference for state and local transit managers and a Deployment Guidance and Resources page was set up to help work through the material.
The guidance will help state and local agencies understand:
Several questions have been unanswered in talking about connected vehicles: What frequency will the wireless communication be on? How much data will be transferred about individual drivers? How will this data be protected?
Federal Highway Administration Administrator Gregory Nadeau hopes that the release of this guidance will answer some of those questions. “We took a big leap forward today by starting a national conversation about these topics, the future of V2I technologies and some of the bigger challenges facing us, such as privacy, security and interoperability," he said.