Opportunities for Connected Vehicles (CVs) on Texas Roads: Strategies to Advance & Prepared for CVs
Deployment of connected vehicle (CV) infrastructure in Texas transportation roadways offers the state an opportunity to lead the way in connected technology and improve the lives of residents while establishing efficiencies in mobility. Texas has a rapidly growing population and a robust level of freight movements; CV technology presents the opportunity to ease many of the concerns that come with this growth. In both urban and rural settings, CV technologies can provide safer roadways for both passenger and freight vehicles, and also provide citizens efficiency in public transit. This future can be realized through a proper understanding of and education in this technology and the implementation methods involved. This white paper provides a thorough background on CVs—from the hardware components, applications, and policy and regulatory challenges—and highlights the opportunity for learning through the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Signal Phasing and Timing (SPaT) Challenge as well as the CV pilot programs initiated by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT).