The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for funding projects for Phase 1: Concept Development of the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program. (DTFH6115R00003)
DOT is sponsoring connected vehicle research to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. These efforts have resulted in a considerable body of research that is now in hand to support pilot deployments. The Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is now seeking operational deployments of connected vehicle applications that synergistically capture and utilize new forms of connected vehicle and mobile device data to improve multimodal surface transportation system performance and enable enhanced performance-based systems management.
According to DOT, improved performance should relate to one or more of the following: improved safety, mobility, or public agency efficiency; or reduced environmental impact.
The intent is to deploy site-tailored collections of applications that address specific local needs while laying a foundation for additional local/regional deployment, and to provide transferable lessons learned for other prospective deployers.
The Pilot Deployment Program will be conducted under three phases: Phase 1: Concept Development Phase; Phase 2: Design/Build/Test; and Phase 3: Maintain and Operate.
In Phase 1, to last up to 12 months, the preliminary proposed idea is developed into a structured concept that is suitable for further design, building, testing, and operation. The structured concept is to include identifying specific performance measures, targets, and capabilities associated with performance monitoring and performance management. The overall objective of Phase 1 is to set the stage for a connected vehicle pilot deployment that has an observable and measurable near-term impact, deployed on-time, and within budget.
In Phase 2, envisioned to run for 20 months, the pilot deployment concept is designed in detail, built, and tested prior to operation.
In Phase 3, envisioned to run for 18 months, the tested pilot deployment applications and technologies will be placed into operational practice. The impact of the deployment on a set of key performance measures will be monitored and reported on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Further, performance and other data supporting a comprehensive assessment of deployment impacts are to be shared with an USDOT-identified independent evaluator.
As indicated in the BAA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to award multiple Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Contracts.