USDOT reveals Connected Vehicle Certification partners

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The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) and the Certification Steering Committee have started to work with three entities to set up and deliver the next generation of certification services in support of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program and other near-term projects. Danlaw, 7Layers and OCS will work collectively and with the USDOT to define the scope of certification activities, test procedures, and test equipment. Significant stakeholder communities will be consulted at each step of the process. Once the procedures and equipment lists are determined, the three organizations will independently set up facilities to operate the tests. Services should be available prior to the start of the buildup of the agency’s Connected Vehicle Pilots.

Danlaw has been serving the automotive industry for 31 years as a global provider of telematics, automotive electronics and embedded engineering services. For the Connected Vehicle Certification Environment project, the company will include stakeholders, including OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), Tier1 suppliers, DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications) equipment and technology providers to contribute together with USDOT and other certification providers. The certification testing of DSRC-connected vehicle systems will ensure their conformance to specifications to meet the performance and interoperability with other connected vehicles, roadside equipment, and the infrastructure systems (V2V and V2I).

7Layers, a Bureau Veritas company, is a wireless test and engineering group that provides services and products to help customers with requirements of the smarter world. 7Layers will contribute its expertise to develop test requirements, testing, test products for the Connected Vehicle – Next Stage Certification Environment, and sustain certification services for the industry. The company envisions being the leading partner for companies seeking to meet the standards for V2V and V2I.

OCS (OmniAir Certification Services) is a not-for-profit certification organization founded, in 2010, by the OmniAir Consortium, an industry group dedicated to interoperability in the transportation industry, including toll payment systems and tolling protocols. The organization’s goal is to create a competitive certification environment, consisting of independent test laboratories following a common set of policies and procedures that will ensure interoperability within the connected vehicle program. The OCS team, led by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), will be working with USDOT to create a gold standard certification program that will propel the connected vehicle program forward and promote manufacturer interoperability and user safety.

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