The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle Pilot has been named the winner of this year’s Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
THEA received the award on June 4 at ITS America’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The THEA Connected Vehicle Pilot is an innovative effort to deploy cutting-edge connected vehicle technology in downtown Tampa to help prevent crashes and keep traffic moving. This multimodal project, which is sponsored by the U.S. DOT, has equipped more than 1,000 cars, 10 buses, eight streetcars, and a pedestrian crosswalk with technology that enables vehicles to “talk” to each other, as well as traffic signals and other elements of the infrastructure.
In certain potentially hazardous situations, the driver of a connected vehicle hears an audible warning, and a safety message is displayed in the rearview mirror.
The Best of ITS Award annually recognizes organizations that have implemented the most advanced transportation projects in the nation.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award, but we are even prouder of the progress we have made toward making Tampa a safer and smarter place to drive,” said Bob Frey, the Director of Planning and Innovation for THEA, in a release. “Connected vehicles have the potential to prevent crashes and save lives, so the best is yet to come.”
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