Webinar Series: The Connected Fleet Challenge, Webinar #1

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Start Date:

October 03, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT


This webinar will present an overview of the Connected Fleet Challenge and available resources, as well as from agencies that have or are currently deploying On-Board Units (OBUs) on fleet vehicles. This will include a discussion of the agency motivations and lessons learned from applications related to the SPaT Challenge and Connected Fleet Challenge.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) working together through the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition have challenged state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to work together to achieve deployment of roadside Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz broadcast radio infrastructure to broadcast signal phase and timing (SPaT) in real-time at signalized intersections on at least one road corridor or street network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020.

As a logical next step, the Connected Fleet Challenge encourages IOOs to equip at least one light-duty vehicle and at least one heavy-duty vehicle with a 5.9 GHz DSRC OBU by 2021.  These OBUs should be capable of broadcasting the Basic Safety Message (BSM) to Roadside Units (RSUs) and of receiving SPaT, MAP, and other data messages that are being broadcast by the infrastructure.

The topics for the first webinar will include an update on SPaT Challenge activities, introduce the Connected Fleet Challenge, and feature lessons learned and benefits from agency deployments. Specifically, Mark Kopko of PennDOT will share details about the connected fleet deployment in Pennsylvania, Steve Novosad of HNTB will present about the Connected Vehicle Pilot at the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), and Curtis Thompson of Sebago Technics will discuss the SPaT deployment in New Hampshire.

Target Audience

State and local transportation agency engineering and technical staff interested in deploying SPaT and connected fleet broadcasts; private contractors and consultants that support state and local transportation agencies; private-sector vendors and manufacturers of connected vehicle equipment related to DSRC, roadside equipment, and signal controllers.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about the Connected Fleet Challenge, available resources, and understand agency motivations, experiences, and lessons learned regarding the deployment of OBUs and related applications.

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Organizational Capability Element:

  • Freight Management Operations
  • Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles

Operations Area of Practice:

  • Connected Vehicles
  • Freight Technology and Operations