Published: September 15, 2015 | Washington D.C.
At the New York City Joint Management Traffic Center, the Secretary Anthony Foxx revealed that New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa, FL will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation technology in infrastructure and in vehicles to share and communicate anonymous information with each other and their surroundings in real time. Research has found that the technology could reduce unimpaired vehicle crashes by 80 percent, while also reducing the 4.8 billion hours that Americans spend in traffic annually.
The locations were selected in a competitive process to go beyond traditional vehicle technologies to help drivers better use the roadways to get to work and appointments, relieve the stress caused by bottlenecks, and communicate with pedestrians on cell phones of approaching vehicles. The CV Pilots Deployment Project seeks to combine connected vehicle and mobile device technologies in innovative and cost-effective ways to improve traveler mobility and system productivity, while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing safety. This CV Pilots Deployment Project envisions a procurement action for multiple pilot deployments with an initial wave starting in calendar year 2015.
New York City will install Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) technology in vehicles that frequently travel in Midtown Manhattan, and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) technology throughout Midtown. This includes upgrading traffic signals with V2I technology along avenues between 14th Street and 66th Street in Manhattan. This same technology will also be installed in Brooklyn. Up to 10,000 cars, buses, yellow cabs and limousines will eventually be retrofit with this innovative technology that may significantly reduce traffic congestion, lessen greenhouse gas emissions, and make drivers and pedestrians safer on the roads. Finally, roadside units will be equipped with connected vehicle technology along the FDR Drive between 50th Street and 90th Street. New York will receive up to $20 million to develop these features.
An additional $17 million was awarded to solve peak rush hour congestion in downtown Tampa (FL) and to protect the city’s pedestrians by equipping their smartphones with the same connected technology being put into the vehicles. In Wyoming, the focus is on the efficient and safe movement of freight through the I-80 east-west corridor, which is critical to commercial heavy-duty vehicles moving across the northern portion of our country. Approximately 11,000 to 16,000 vehicles travel this corridor every day, and by using V2V and V2I, Wyoming DOT will both collect information and disseminate it to vehicles not equipped with the new technologies.