7/10/2014

DOT Extends Funding for Connected-Vehicle Research by U-Mich

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The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will receive $9 million to expand and continue its connected-vehicle test program for another three years.

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The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will receive $9 million to expand and continue its connected-vehicle test program for another three years.

The grant (with 50% cost share) from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation extends UMTRI's work as coordinator for a just-ended three-year test of some 2,900 connected vehicles in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The new funding will enable UMTRI to work with the Federal Highway Administration to extend the Ann Arbor system, test new technologies and standards and upgrade the original project's connected vehicle reference implementation architecture to support next-generation technologies.

DOT says one goal is to engage external partners to make the test site sustainable without further federal funding.