Following the completion of the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Program continues to operate and maintain the connected vehicle deployment in Orlando. The SunGuide® software continues to receive basic safety messages (BSM) from deployed vehicle awareness devices and transmit traveler advisory messages to roadside equipment for broadcast. FDOT maintenance, I-Ride Trolleys, and Lynx transit vehicles are equipped with vehicle awareness devices that continue to broadcast BMSs for processing by SunGuide software.
As part of moving its connected vehicle research and deployments forward, FDOT has developed a connected vehicle concept of operations focusing on utilizing their Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory for connected vehicle qualified product testing, research, and deployment support.
In cooperation with the USDOT and other state and local agencies performing connected vehicle research, FDOT is a member of the affiliated test beds. The purpose of the affiliated test beds is to share information, research, and data among the test beds to advance their own research and development as well as the overall USDOT connected vehicle program.
FDOT continued to support the USDOT connected vehicle program in several ways. FDOT participated in the data capture and management research program, wireless testing – dedicated short-range communications evaluation under controlled environment, and ITS Strategic Plan with emphasis on connected vehicle webinars FDOT reviewed the connected vehicle reference implementation architecture and Global Symposium on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure meeting documentation. FDOT participated in the USDOT’s Annual Connected Vehicle Public Meeting and the Stakeholder Walkthrough for the INFLO Prototype Requirements and System Architecture webinar.
FDOT monitored the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Public Rule Making to open up the 5.9 GHz spectrum to unlicensed devices to evaluate how the ruling could effect FDOT’s connected vehicle strategy.
As autonomous vehicle research is accelerated by companies such as Google, both the Florida House and Senate passed autonomous vehicle legislation. FDOT’s ITS Program continues to monitor legislation to analyze the impact autonomous vehicles could have on the transportation system and how autonomous vehicle technology would interact with ITS and connected vehicle technology. FDOT’s ITS Program is participating in a Florida Autonomous Vehicle symposium and continues to discuss autonomous vehicle potential impacts with other states and private companies involved in autonomous vehicle policy and research.
While connected vehicle technology is not directly related to autonomous vehicle technology, connected vehicle technology has the potential to complement autonomous vehicle technology, providing the capability for autonomous vehicles to obtain additional data about vehicles in the immediate vicinity.
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