Connected vehicles use network technology to improve the safety, mobility and environmental impact of ground travel. The US DOT is working with 4 cities/states to test the capabilities of Connected Vehicles.
The City of Columbus, Ohio was awarded the Smart City Challenge Grant of $40 million plus an additional $10 million from the Vulcan fund in 2016. Their vision is to be the model for Connected Cities of the future by innovating mobility solutions that improve people’s lives, stimulate economic growth, foster sustainability, and most importantly make the roads safer.
US DOT also awarded Pilot Program awards to the State of Wyoming and the Cities of Tampa and New York. The three sites include using connected vehicle technologies to improve safe and efficient truck movement along I-80 in southern Wyoming, exploiting V2V and intersection communications to improve vehicle flow and pedestrian safety in high-priority corridors in New York City, and deploying multiple safety and mobility applications on and in proximity to reversible freeway lanes in Tampa, Florida.