First public demonstration of a connected vehicle technology research was hosted by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority. The authority plans to launch the pilot testing in 2018. Under the project around 1600 vehicles will be outfitted with the technology that would communicate with other vehicles and the roadway infrastructure. The vehicles would be able to send and receive alerts about the road conditions, speed limits and other dangers with the road infrastructure.
The project will also have 10 streetcars, 10 buses, and 500 pedestrians. The communication between the buses and traffic signals will be used to keep the buses on schedule and the purpose of the streetcars is to detect the position of the connected vehicles. The pedestrians will have apps installed on a device that will signal them about the positions buses and the street cars. The app will also give walk alerts to them during the intersections of the roads.
The Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot is one of the three large-scale connected vehicle system project taking place across the U.S. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project aims to create a system where the drivers are aware of their environment.
The vehicles have been outfitted with smart mirrors and antennas to send and receive data. Siemens has been roped in to develop roadside units capable of communicating with the connected vehicles, as well as with the city’s Transportation Management Center using a dedicated short-range communication technology (DSRC). The Transportation Management center has data from the vehicles will be displayed at an interface which has information regarding travel times, speed, and congestion.
The demonstration took place on a closed roadway during which THEA allowed attendees to ride as passengers in connected cars to show how the alerts worked for things like stopped traffic, wrong way warnings and speed limit change. The outcome of the demostration was desirable and the system performed as expected.