The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) showcased its recent developments as part of the U.S. DOT's Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot program in Laramie County.
According to Traffic Technology Today, the showcase was an opportunity for the agency to share the recent progress and intent of the WYDOT CV Pilot and its value to travelers on I-80 in southern Wyoming. The CV Pilot team’s presentation described the project’s background, overall system capabilities and next steps for deployment. This will include information from connected vehicles that will be integrated with data from other sources at the WYDOT Transportation Management Center (TMC), providing timelier and increased situational awareness to benefit all travelers on the 402 miles of I-80.
Showcase attendees were invited to participate in on-road demonstrations that took place along I-80 and at the Archer Complex. Two WYDOT snowplows, a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle and a tractor-trailer unit equipped with CV technology were available for participants to see firsthand the type of equipment that will be deployed.
There also were on-road demonstrations of several pilot applications, including forward collision warning, which works using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications; distress notification, which uses V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication to warn drivers and alert the TMC operators of a distressed vehicle; and I2V (infrastructure-to-vehicle) situational awareness application, which compiles important traveler information such as weather alerts, speed restrictions, and vehicle restrictions at the TMC and provides it directly to drivers of connected vehicles using V2I and satellite communications.
The next step for the Wyoming CV Pilot is the operational phase in which 75 roadside units will be deployed at select locations on the I-80 corridor and approximately 400 vehicles will be equipped with CV technology, including WYDOT snowplows, Wyoming highway patrols, and heavy-duty trucks from pilot partners.
Source: Traffic Technology Today