USA: Southwest Research Institute has been named as Connected Vehicle Affiliated Test Bed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration. As a Connected Vehicle Test Bed, SwRI supports public and private sector research, testing and demonstrations of innovative, next-generation intelligent transportation technologies.
A connected vehicle network is one where vehicles can exchange information with the highway infrastructure and other vehicles using safe, interoperable wireless communications. Such a system could help improve traffic safety, mobility and environmental impact.
As a Connected Vehicle Affiliated Test Bed site, Southwest Research Institute offers a 1.2-mile test track and a DSRC-equipped roadside infrastructure across its 1,200-acre facility. The test track includes an intersection with a fully functional signal system as well as various communication towers for roadside equipment and vehicle-to-infrastructure application development and testing. SwRI also maintains a fleet of DSRC-equipped vehicles.
Michael Brown, a staff engineer in SwRI’s Intelligent Systems Department, said: “Advanced traffic management systems have been shown to reduce secondary collisions, mitigate congestion and, most importantly, save lives, integrating 5.9 GHz dedicated short range communications (DSRC) infrastructure will further enhance these systems. As an affiliated test bed, SwRI will continue to serve the intelligent transportation community by conducting advanced research and development in connectivity.”
Brown, added: “SwRI has been a pioneer in connected vehicle applications and technology,Our experience and capabilities in intelligent systems research run the gamut from advanced traffic management and traveler information systems, to commercial vehicles, connected vehicles, vehicle automation and connected automation. These technologies collectively serve to realize the benefits of a fully cooperative transportation system.”
The DOT test bed project facilitates information exchange as well as access to tools and resources across other test bed facilities to support and encourage consistent future deployment of connected vehicle technologies. The project aims to advance the technology for full deployment through information sharing and developing a common technical platform.