Meet the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Sites
March 13, 2017

Pete Goldin

Three USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Sites — New York City, Wyoming and Tampa — are designing, building, and testing an extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies.

The USDOT recently released new fact sheets about all three sites. Here are a few of the details:


The NYC pilot, run by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), pilot area encompasses three distinct areas in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn:

■ 4-mile segment of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Drive in the Upper East Side and East Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan
■ 4 one-way corridors in Manhattan
■ 1.6-mile segment of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

The NYC pilot will include the following technologies:

■ Forward Crash Warning
■ Emergency Electronic Brake Lights
■ Blind Spot Warning
■ Lane Change Warning
■ Intersection Movement Assist
■ Vehicle Turning Right in Front of Bus Warning

These Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) applications will be deployed on 8,000 fleet vehicles including taxis, MTA buses, UPS vehicles, NYCDOT fleet vehicles and DSNY NYC Department of Sanitation) vehicles.

In addition, the following Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) applications will be deployed:

■ Speed Compliance
■ Curve Speed Compliance
■ Speed Compliance in Work Zone
■ Red Light Violation Warning
■ Oversize Vehicle Compliance
■ Emergency Communications and Evacuation Information
■ Pedestrian in Signalized Crosswalk
■ Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal System

According to the USDOT: "Connected vehicle technology has yet to be deployed in a high-density environment like New York City. With its mix of high pedestrian and vehicle traffic and commercial and residential areas, the New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot will be a model for future large-scale deployments in urban environments."

The New York City pilot is expected to be operational in April 2018.


The Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot, run by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), will include 1,600 privately owned vehicles, 10 buses, 10 streetcars, 40 roadside units at the busiest intersections, and 500 or more pedestrian participants who will participate via a smartphone app.

The Tampa pilot will include the following technologies:

■ End of Ramp Deceleration Warning
■ Forward Collision Warning
■ Emergency Electronic Brake Light Warning
■ Wrong-Way Entry
■ Intersection Movement Assist (IMA)
■ Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal System
■ Pedestrian in a Signalized Crosswalk Vehicle Warning
■ Transit Signal Priority
■ Vehicle Turning Right in Front of Transit Vehicle
■ Intelligent Signal System
■ Probe Data Enabled Traffic Monitoring

The site, located in downtown Tampa — in an area bordered by Ybor Channel to the east, Garrison Channel to the south, Florida Ave. to the west and Scott St. to the north — is expected to be operational by mid-2018.


Based along Wyoming's 402-mile stretch of the I-80 corridor, the Wyoming Connected Vehicle Pilot will focus on rural highway deployment of connected vehicle technologies.

The Wyoming pilot, run by The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), will include 75 roadside units that can receive and broadcast messages using DSRC, and 400 vehicles with onboard units, a combination of fleet vehicles and commercial trucks that are regular users of I-80.

The Wyoming pilot will include the following technologies:

■ Forward Collision Warning
■ Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (I2V) Situational Awareness
■ Work Zone Warning
■ Spot Weather Impact Warning
■ Distress Notification

Testing will begin on WYDOT fleet vehicles (highway patrol vehicles, snowplows, and other partner vehicles) in the fall/winter of 2017 to 2018. The pilot will expand to testing with commercial vehicles in the fall/winter of 2018 to 2019.