Keeping the Promise of Connected Vehicle Technology: Toward an Era of Unprecedented Roadway Safety and Efficiency

Research has shown that vehicles connected via data transmissions with other vehicles and the roadway infrastructure can transform the way Americans travel, by creating a safe, interoperable, wireless communications network of cars, buses, trucks, trains, traffic signals, cell phones, and other devices. This article reviews the status and the expected benefits of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) efforts to make this vision a reality. The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) of the DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration is leading this effort through its Connected Vehicle Research Program. This program is pursuing research and development into low-latency, wireless communications technology to enable motor vehicles to stream secure, private, real-time data about position, speed and other information that is critical to improving roadway safety and management. The connected vehicle concept relies on a data-rich transportation network of vehicles virtually connected to each other and to infrastructure. To achieve the vision of an intelligent transportation system, the program is advancing major research initiatives, exploratory studies, and support for technology transfer, deployment and training.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 3-9
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 285
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2013 1:41PM