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US Department of Transportation Soliciting Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Applications to Improve Environmental Performance

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High-level roadmap for the AERIS program. Source: DOT. Click to enlarge.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to identify contractors for: ongoing innovative research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications that improve environmental performance, and possible development of new applications; capturing and managing real-time data that are relevant to environmental applications development and performance measurement; and ongoing development and enhancement of evaluation techniques, performance measurement, and technologies to capture environmentally-relevant data.

The maximum Federal funding per award is $40,000. The FHWA anticipates making up to seven awards under the new BAA, but may make more or fewer than seven awards, it said.

Sponsored by DOT, IntelliDrive is a multimodal initiative to enable safe, interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles (light vehicles, transit, and freight), the infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices. As part of the IntelliDrive research effort, the DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) initiated the AERIS (Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis) research program to generate and/or acquire environmentally-relevant real-time transportation data to create actionable information to support and facilitate “green” transportation choices by transportation system users and operators.

The AERIS program is intended better to define how IntelliDrive data and applications might contribute to mitigating some of the negative environmental impacts of surface transportation. The program is structured around three primary research questions:

  • What vehicle-based data is available? What is the data quality and validity?
  • How can vehicle-based data be integrated with existing traffic and emissions data?
  • What cross-modal public sector applications are needed and their benefits?

The AERIS program is structured in three phases, extending over five years: Foundational Analysis (Phase I); Candidate Applications Evaluation (Phase II); and Research Investment Planning (Phase III). Each phase has six major tracks that span across the entire duration of the AERIS program:

  1. Establish Foundation
  2. Identify Candidate Strategies:
  3. Analyze and Evaluate Candidate Strategies
  4. Recommend Strategies and Applications
  5. Policy and Regulatory Research
  6. Stakeholder Interactions and Technology Transfer

Under the new BAA, DOT seeks to expand knowledge of and experience with implementation of ITS applications that make use of IntelliDrive data and resources to improve environmental performance by leveraging partners’ research results and investments. Prospective offerors are to submit proposals on:

  • Innovative research on ITS applications that make use of IntelliDrive data and resources to improve environmental performance, and possibly develop new applications.

  • Capture and management of real-time data that are relevant to environmental applications development and performance measurement.

  • Ongoing development and enhancement of evaluation techniques, performance measurement, and technologies to capture environmentally-relevant data.

Comments

Henry Gibson

One way to use automated systems to dramatically reduce fuel use on highways is to have car computers restrict automobiles to a speed limit of 55 MPH with ten minute long bursts of 70 mph available every hour for passing. Until then everything done for economy is negated by the known bad efficiency of travel at high speeds in automobiles. ..HG..

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