AASHTO’s Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Activities (VII) (1106)

This paper will describe AASHTO�s perspectives and activities relating to the national Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) partnership. The VII effort is national in scope and is a collaborative effort between the State Departments of Transportation, the US Department of Transportation and the automobile industry. The VII Program Plan Goal is �To achieve nationwide deployment of a communications infrastructure on the roadways and in all production vehicles�. This communications infrastructure would enable millions of vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roadway. Applications that would become feasible would include active safety, roadway operating conditions, electronic payments, vehicle performance information and possibly unforeseen business opportunities. It is believed that substantial benefits will occur from these many applications. In order for this vision to become a reality there needs to be a national commitment by the infrastructure owners and operators and the vehicle manufacturers to explore and evaluate all aspects of an integrated vehicle/infrastructure environment. To assist in the exploration a partnership has been established between the USDOT, AASHTO and the vehicle manufacturers. This partnership has a technical team and an executive leadership team. The technical team has been working together for over two years, while the executive team has been working together for close to two years. AASHTO�s role is to support the state departments of transportation during the exploratory phase of the program and provide long-term assistance to the states for deployment, operations and management. AASHTO also serves as the coordinator between the states and the USDOT program leadership. AASHTO also provides the executive leadership by chairing and facilitating operations for the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). During 2005 much progress has been made in developing technical architectures. Additional progress has been made in estimating infrastructure costs and understanding the value of the applications called Use Cases. There have been two ELT meetings and progress is occurring in reaching a consensus on a national commitment and developing the policy leadership that will be required to make a national deployment decision sometime in 2008 or 2009. The paper will provide program background and discuss AASHTO�s perspectives and actions relating to the VII effort. The paper will also share some of the early program recommendations from the Executive Leadership Team.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM;
  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01016089
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 5 2005 12:07PM