USDOT Releases New Publications

The USDOT has released several new reports highlighting its latest research initiatives and findings related to intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies and connected vehicles:

  • Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Phase 2, Data Privacy Plan - WYDOT (FHWA-JPO-17-469): Wyoming Department of Transportation is one of the connected vehicle pilot sites selected to showcase the value of and spur the adoption of connected vehicle technology in the United States. Connected vehicle technology is a broad term to describe the applications and systems that utilize vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to improve the safety, mobility, and productivity of the nation's transportation system.The Wyoming pilot site is developing a suite of applications that use connected vehicle technology to reduce the impact of adverse weather on truck travel in the I-80 corridor. The Data Privacy Plan describes how the Wyoming pilot will address the need to protect the privacy of users and ensure secure communications. This plan can be accessed at:
  • Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Phase 2, Data Management Plan - WYDOT (FHWA JPO-17-470): This document presents the Data Management Plan for the Wyoming Connected Vehicle Pilot. The plan describes the data that will be collected and how the data will be managed throughout the Wyoming pilot. The Data Management Plan also defines a framework for sharing the data with USDOT, the Research Data Exchange (RDE), and the Independent Evaluator (IE). The Wyoming team will use this plan to ensure the necessary data is available to support a successful performance measurement process, as well as the nationally focused independent evaluation. Access the full report at:
  • Road Weather Performance Management (RW-PM) Tool and Minnesota Department of Transportation Field Evaluation (FHWA JPO-17-482): The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Road Weather Management Program developed a prototype RW-PM tool to help departments of transportation maximize the effectiveness of their maintenance resources and efficiently adjust deployments dynamically as road conditions and traffic flow evolve during road weather events. The tool integrates real-time weather responsive traffic management, road weather treatment, motorist traffic, and road weather advisories. The major tool components include the processing platform, the website, and the connected vehicle application. This report can be accessed at:
  • Dynamic Interrogative Data Capture (DIDC), Concept of Operations (FHWA-JPO-17-514): DIDC algorithms and software are key products of the Basic Safety Message (BSM) Data Emulator project. The BSM Data Emulator project is one of several related research and development activities within of the Data Capture and Management Program, which is a part of the USDOT connected vehicle research effort. This report can be accessed at:
  • Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Phase 2, Data Privacy Plan - New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) (FHWA-JPO-17-453): This data privacy plan will help ensure the data privacy and security of participants in the New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot. Personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive PII (SPII) will be collected from various participants during the pilot. This data will be protected, anonymized, obfuscated, and studied. This plan also includes the necessary protective controls and procedures for aggregating large quantities of data that, in isolation, are not private, but in the aggregate, may disclose PII and individual location histories. The data privacy plan identifies the pilot's privacy-related data; the security treatment; and the necessary filtering, anonymization, and obfuscation requirements for distributing the data for IE, USDOT, and RDE use. This report can be accessed at:
  • Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) Roadside Unit Specifications (FHWA-JPO-17-589): The ITS Program definition of connected vehicles includes both DSRC and non-DSRC technologies as means of facilitating communication for V2V and V2I applications. Non-DSRC technologies (e.g., radio frequency identification, Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular communication) enable use of existing commercial infrastructure for additional capacity support, but may not meet the low-latency needs of transmitting safety-critical information. Access the full report at:
  • St. Lawrence Seaway: Overview of Safety, Efficiency, Operational, and Environmental Issues (FHWA-JPO-17-592): The St. Lawrence Seaway is a binational waterway along the border between Canada and the United States that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. First opened to navigation in 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway carries about 40 million metric tons of cargo annually and generates billions of dollars in employment, purchases, and tax revenue in both the United States and Canada. This report is the first in a series of two reports focused on identifying opportunities for ITS technology applications to address challenges and/or opportunities in the St. Lawrence Seaway. This paper summarizes current conditions, challenges faced, and potential opportunities for the application of ITS on the St. Lawrence Seaway. It also documents existing applications of technology on the Seaway. This report can be accessed at:
  • St. Lawrence Seaway: Potential Technologies and Concepts to Address Identified Issues (FHWA-JPO-17-593): This report is the second in a series of two reports focused on identifying opportunities for ITS applications to address challenges and/or opportunities in the St. Lawrence Seaway. This paper presents applications of ITS - or more broadly, information and communications technology - and other novel technologies in maritime transportation operations elsewhere in the world. It also documents some initial parameters of several candidate applications for the St. Lawrence Seaway, which were only previewed in the first paper. Access the full report at:

Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) - Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) Testbed Project: Calibration Report for San Diego Testbed (FHWA-JPO-16-382): The USDOT initiated the ATDM and the DMA Programs to achieve transformative mobility, safety, and environmental benefits through enhanced, performance-driven operational practices in surface transportation systems management. In order to explore potential transformations in the transportation system's performance, both programs require an AMS capability. Capable, reliable AMS testbeds provide valuable mechanisms to address this shared need by providing a laboratory to refine and integrate research concepts in virtual computer-based simulation environments prior to field deployments.This report can be accessed at: