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Safety Pilot Model Deployment, US Department of Transportation

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has undertaken the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment Project on behalf of the US DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The $14.9 million federal contract will deploy "connected" vehicle technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The advanced technology will be tested in a year-long study involving the installation of wireless devices in up to 3,000 vehicles to allow communication between the vehicles and the roadside and to then evaluate the effectiveness of connected vehicle technology to prevent crashes in an everyday environment.


WSP USA is overseeing the infrastructure elements of the project, providing design of the roadside equipment communications network, IPv6/48 block scheme, property and configuration management system custom web application and spatially-enabled database. The firm is also ensuring that all road side equipment (RSE) installations are planned, engineered, procured, installed, integrated, and remain operational according to an extremely aggressive schedule. The project includes a robust communications backhaul network, facilities to process data, and the replacement of signal controllers and specialized converters along two major corridors that will broadcast Signal Phase & Timing data to vehicles via the dedicated short-range communications network.

At the conclusion of the model deployment test, our firm will assist the USDOT and UMTRI in any follow-up experiments and/or decommission of the road-side equipment.