FDOT’s 18th World Congress Connected Vehicle Deployment and Beyond

For almost two years prior to the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems held in Orlando, Florida, in October 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) had been planning and coordinating a first-of-its-kind connected vehicle infrastructure deployment. The primary objective was to not only enhance an infrastructure and transportation management center (TMC) software system, SunGuide®, for demonstrations to be built around, but to also create a production deployment of the TMC software and connected vehicle infrastructure. Beginning in early 2011, the work to provide the infrastructure, roadside equipment (RSE), vehicle awareness devices, and onboard equipment (OBE), onsite, installed, and tested was underway. Throughout the summer of 2011, the RSE devices were received and deployed along the prescribed World Congress demonstration route. In the late summer and early fall, the vehicle awareness devices began arriving and were installed and tested in participating agencies’ and demonstrators’ vehicles. The OBE devices were also being tested at this time as well. In the end, the number of devices deployed were: 29 RSE devices, 43 Vehicle awareness devices, and 2 OBE devices. Utilizing the infrastructure and demonstration route, there were 26 demonstrations as well seven active safety systems that were demonstrated at the Walt Disney World raceway. During the World Congress Technology Showcase, over 9 million basic safety messages (BSM) were generated and received by the SunGuide software. These BSMs were generated by: 10 Lynx (local transit agency) buses, 17 I-Ride Trolley (local transit agency restricted to International Drive), 5 FDOT vehicles, and 10 demonstrator vehicles. The SunGuide software was modified to receive and process these BSMs as well as send travel advisory messages (TAM) to the RSE devices, which in turn broadcast the TAM to vehicles installed with OBE devices when the vehicle was in the designated area. The software was installed in FDOT’s District Five TMC production operations and was initially used for the World Congress Technology Showcase. Following the World Congress, the TMC software remains in place and currently Lynx and some I-Ride trolley vehicles continue to broadcast BSMs that the SunGuide software still receives today. These BSMs can be used to calculate travel times along International Drive, one of the largest and busiest arterials near Universal Studios. As FDOT examines the success of the Technology Showcase, it is casting an eye to the future. FDOT is currently evaluating how to move the connected vehicle deployment forward and is moving to make the deployment available to agencies and private entities who want to test connected vehicle applications and technologies. FDOT is also evaluating the current United States Department of Transportation research areas to determine what applications and technologies could be beneficial to FDOT today. FDOT will take this information and combine it with its analysis of the Technology Showcase demonstrations to determine which applications and technologies will move forward. In amongst this analysis, FDOT is also evaluating the feasibility of a statewide connected vehicle deployment. Since the SunGuide software operates in all the TMCs statewide, the infrastructure need only be deployed and configured in the software in order to start communicating with the connected vehicle infrastructure.


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  • Monograph Title: ITS America 22nd Annual Meeting & Exposition. Smart Transportation: A Future We Can Afford

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  • Created Date: Oct 17 2012 8:54AM