Vehicle Connectivity Technologies Aim to Improve Highway Vehicle Safety
As part of a national effort to improve road safety and traffic flow, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is working to launch a pilot vehicle safety program on the Wyoming stretch of Interstate 80 (I-80). Trihydro, which is headquartered in Wyoming, is a member of the team working on developing, implementing, and testing new connected vehicle technologies that allow mobile and roadside data to be collected and shared with drivers on the road.

Some Background: Piloting Connected Vehicle Technology

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) selected Wyoming as one of three sites in the country to design, build, and test phases for a regional Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program. The CV Pilot Program, sponsored by USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, aims to use cutting-edge technologies and applications to improve safety and reduce environmental impacts of personal driving. Collective cooperative agreements for the project are worth more than $45 million.

In partnership with a multidisciplinary team which includes Trihydro, ICF International, University of Wyoming, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and McFarland Management, WYDOT  is developing innovative vehicle and infrastructure connectivity applications for the initial phases of the CV Pilot Program. Using dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) capabilities between vehicles and roadside buildings, the new applications will support enhanced driver awareness by providing wireless communication about road conditions.
 
The Goal: Improving Safety on US Highways
The new technologies feature travel data including collision advisories, work zone warnings, and road condition reports, in addition to other roadside alerts and travel guidance. The goal of the program is for individuals using the new applications to be able to better plan for trips, have improved understanding of what is happening ahead on the road, and make informed decisions while driving. This en-route connectivity is expected to help reduce accidents and increase travel reliability on I-80, and eventually other roadways across the country.  

Testing, testing…
During the program testing period of November 2017 – May 2019, 75 roadside units and 400 vehicles, including Trihydro fleet vehicles, will receive and report messages using the DSRC technologies. The transportation data will also be available to the general public through the Wyoming 511 app, compatible with Android and iOS devices, and the WYDOT commercial vehicle operator portal

Find out more
For additional information about the project, visit the WYDOT CV Pilot Program’s new website or contact Trihydro’s Project Manager, Shane Zumpf (szumpf@trihydro.com or 307-745-7474).

 

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Shane Zumpf
Shane Zumpf
Enterprise Developer, Laramie, WY

Shane is an Enterprise Developer Specialist with over 14 years of experience as a software architect, specializing in creating enterprise applications. Shane has presented on Connected Vehicle (CV) topics ranging from the WYDOT CV pilot program to CV integration best practices within Traffic Management Centers.
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