DOT requests ideas to link intelligent vehicles, highways

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 4/15/2008

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration has formally requested ideas for its plans to deploy and link traffic information and navigational systems with individual vehicles’ crash avoidance systems.

The DOT researchers envision U.S. highways being connected by wireless computer technology able to relay traffic and obstacle information directly to approaching vehicles. The plan would aim to improve safety and “efficiency of travel,” the request states.

The official request, available by clicking here, asks “private industry, state and local governments and others” for input on suggested business models for financing and operating a nationwide communications network between vehicles and the roadway infrastructure.

Crash-avoidance systems include technologies such as automatic braking systems, vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, and other systems that often temporarily take control of a vehicle away from a driver.

According to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, DOT and ITS America have “hypothesized” that technologies like collision-avoidance systems at intersections could be developed.

The government and other public and private stakeholders were supposed to make a decision on the technology by 2008, according to a white paper published in 2005 by ITS America.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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