Georgia DOT to expand infrastructure that will support connected vehicles

More than 400 locations across metro Atlanta are connected with innovative CV technology

February 08, 2020
Georgia DOT expands infrastructure supporting connected vehicles
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The Georgia DOT (GDOT) has announced the release of a request for proposals from private sector partners to provide a turnkey connected vehicle (CV) solution for major roadways in metro Atlanta.

The state of Georgia is already underway in pursuing a large active CV infrastructure deployment. To date, more than 400 locations across metro Atlanta are connected with innovative CV technology.

The cost of the initial phase of the project is $10 million, $8 million will come from federal sources with a $2 million local match from numerous local governments and Community Improvement Districts. This funding supports the implementation of connected vehicle projects that support applications such as transit signal priority and emergency vehicle preemption.

The existing 400 CV locations utilize dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), and the 1,000 new locations will deploy both DSRC and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication. While consumers may be accustomed to increased technology in their cars, such as back up cameras, this deployment will specifically allow the infrastructure itself to directly talk back. GDOT says connected vehicle technology is anticipated to aid motorists in actively avoiding crashes and other incidents.

Many recent announcements have been made by car manufacturers signaling their intent to begin deploying this technology as a standard feature in upcoming model lines. GDOT has specifically been in discussion with Ford Motor Company regarding their specific plans for a connected vehicle future beginning in 2022.

“Many car manufacturers are making plans to begin mass implementation of connected vehicle technology," GDOT State Traffic Engineer Andrew Heath said in a statement. “It is essential that Georgia fully prepare our infrastructure to to be ready for this connected future.”