USDOT releases request for proposals and data for Connected Vehicle Pilot programs

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The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for its Connected Vehicle Pilot deployment and program evaluation.

The new solicitation is for a full and open competition to procure services for non-personal, technical support services for the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program, which includes three phases: Phase 1 – concept development phase; Phase 2 –design/build/test, for which this RFP will ascertain that the objectives of the program are met; and Phase 3 – maintain and operate.

The three selected sites: ICF/Wyoming, New York City, and Tampa (THEA), are currently in the Concept Development Phase. Upon successful completion of this first phase, the USDOT anticipates issuance of a site-specific cooperative agreement covering the second and third phases of the effort. The USDOT intends to select a contractor based on proposals received under this new solicitation.

As a result of this solicitation, FHWA will award an Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract to meet the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office’s (ITS JPO) needs for technical evaluation support service of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. This award will allow for task orders to be issued as either Time-and-Materials (T&M), and/or Firm-Fixed-Priced (FFP). The anticipated period of performance will not exceed 60 months, and proposals are due by May 23.

The USDOT has also just released three new connected vehicle data sets, which are now available in the Research Data Exchange (RDE); the agency’s web-based data resource that collects, manages, and provides access to archived and real-time multi-source and multi-modal data to support the development and testing of intelligent transportation system applications.

The RDE now houses the following three additional data environments:

Multi-Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal Systems (MMITSS), which is a next-generation traffic signal system that seeks to provide a comprehensive traffic information framework to service all modes of transportation. The MMITSS bundle aims to improve mobility through signalized corridors, using advanced communications and data to facilitate the efficient travel of passenger vehicles, pedestrians, transit, freight, and emergency vehicles through the system. The prototype features three scenarios: Intelligent Traffic Signal System, Freight Signal Priority, and Transit Signal Priority. The data was collected from the MMITSS prototype that was tested in Anthem, Arizona. Basic Safety Message (BSM) Emulator, which uses the Trajectory Conversion Algorithm Version 2.3 (TCA) that is designed to test different strategies for producing, transmitting, and storing connected vehicle information. The TCA uses vehicle trajectory data, RSE location information, cellular region information, and strategy information to emulate the messages that connected vehicles would produce. The TCA allows emulated vehicles to generate and transmit Probe Data Messages (PDMs), BSMs, the European Union’s Cooperative Awareness Messages, Japan’s ITS SPOT messages, and the prototype Basic Mobility Message by either dedicated short range communication (DSRC) or via cellular. The data comes from two simulated traffic networks: an arterial network in San Francisco, California; and a freeway network in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Vehicle Awareness Device (VAD), which was installed on one test vehicle in Leesburg, Virginia, over a two-month period. The VAD installed in the test car is identical to the VADs installed in over 2,800 vehicles participating in the Safety Pilot Model Deployment conducted from August 2012 through August 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The data files cover the period from October 18 through December 19, 2012.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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