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US DOT launches road test of connected vehicles technologies

The U.S. Department of Transportation is conducting road tests of vehicle to vehicle and infrastructure (V2X) communications technologies. The tests, being conducted in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the largest-yet test of V2X by the DOT.

The tests are being conducted in manned vehicles on 73 lane miles of Ann Arbor roadways, onto which 29 roadside equipment installations have been put in place for the vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) portion of the year-long test program. Test cars and trucks, most of which have been supplied by volunteer participants, are equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2I systems, which use WiFi and other connectivity to gather and share data from vehicles and infrastructure as well as record extensive data for the researchers involved.

The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is conducting the tests, called the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, on behalf of the U.S. DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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