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US DOT selects Battelle to develop transit DSRC safety retrofit package; interoperability with light-duty vehicle applications

The US Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected the Battelle Memorial Institute to develop a new Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP) that will be used as part of the Safety Pilot model deployment. The effective date of the award is 1 January 2012.

The focus of this procurement is to acquire a qualified team to integrate wireless Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology (earlier post) into transit vehicles and to develop research prototypes of appropriate safety applications on these transit vehicles. These applications must be interoperable with other vehicle platforms—specifically the light duty vehicles applications being developed by the Crash Avoidance Metric Partnership (CAMP) research.

The prototype Transit Retrofit Package and the transit-specific safety applications developed under this contract will be used to support participation of transit vehicles in the Model Deployment Phase of the Safety Pilot test as a means to test overall compatibility and interoperability of transit vehicles with other light and heavy vehicles.

The retrofit devices developed as a part of this TRP contract shall incorporate/integrate an appropriate “vehicle awareness device” to generate and transmit Basic Safety Messages to other vehicles and other devices, using 5.9 GHz DSRC.

The project will be administered by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is a program within the US DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).


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