Feds pursue technology for vehicle communications

By Land Line staff | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Technology that would enable vehicles to interact with infrastructure, talk to other vehicles and transportation modes and connect with mobile devices is the subject of a new pilot program by the Federal Highway Administration. The program is for light vehicles only, but truckers have reason to keep an eye on the administration’s designs for the Intelligent Transportation System.

A notice published March 11 in the Federal Register calls for information to help the administration assemble the pilot program.

The FHWA says a recent call by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to incorporate vehicle communication systems in light vehicles prompted the notice.

A pilot program would put communication technologies in a real-world setting with a goal of “near-term safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public,” the notice states.

Federal research into connected vehicles continues.

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