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Webinar Series: The Connected Fleet Challenge, Webinar #1



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.



PATRICK SON: Managing Director National operations Center of Excellence


BLAINE D. LEONARD, P.E., F.ASCE-TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION ENGINEER, UTAH DOT: Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Technology & Innovation Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for traffic management technologies, and leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts of those technologies on the Department. He co-chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group and leads the SPaT Challenge Tactical Working Group within the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining UDOT, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business. Mr. Leonard served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Vice Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board.

CURTIS THOMPSON, P.E. : Transportation Engineer, Sebago Technics Inc. Mr Thompson is a Professional Engineer in the State of Maine that specializes in Traffic Signal Operations and Transportation related research. He is currently responsible for monitoring day to day traffic signal operations for a number of New England communities where Sebago is the On-Call Traffic Engineer, including the Greater Portland Maine Area and Dover New Hampshire. Mr. Thompson was the Principal Investigator for Sebago’s involvement in New Hampshire’s Response to AASHTO’s SPaT Challenge in the City of Dover New Hampshire.

MARK KOPKO: Mark is the Director of PennDOT’s Office of Transformational Technology. His duties include managing all activities related emerging technology including the deployment of connected infrastructure, development of policies and standards, coordination with stakeholders, and the authorization of automated vehicle testers, platooning operations, and automated work zone vehicles. Mark is co-chair of the AASHTO CAV Working Group, chair of the Smart Belt Coalition, sits on the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s CAV Leadership Team, and represents Pennsylvania on numerous national working groups/committees. In addition, Mark also leads the deployment of the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennSTART), oversees smart city initiatives and manages multiple university-led initiatives.

STEVE: NOVOSAD: Mr. Novosad works in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected Vehicle (CV), and System and Software Implementations for HNTB’s Tampa office. Mr. Novosad has over 35 years of experience in systems and software implementations. He has over 21 years of ITS experience and over 15 years of CV experience. Steve is currently the System Engineering Lead for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority’s CV Pilot Deployment project which has entered Phase 3, operate and maintain. He advises the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on CV technology. He is the current Chair of the OmniAir consortium and a member of the V2X ITS America Working Group, SAE DSRC Technical Committee and SAE Infrastructure technical committee.


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.


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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