Determining the Effectiveness of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alerts

Alerting motorists, in particular commercial vehicles, to upcoming hazards such as congestion, incidents, an end of a stopped traffic queue, etc. is very important in the safety and mobility of Ohio's roadway system. While placing physical infrastructure, such as Dynamic Message Signs, along the roadways is a good way to communicate these hazards to motorists, it also faces challenges, such as locations of signs (they can't be everywhere) and their cost (not only for installation, but maintenance as well). Because of these challenges, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is interested in methods to get information directly into vehicles and specifically into the cabs of commercial vehicles. ODOT currently has a contract with a third-party data vendor, Drivewyze, who ingests congestion and sudden slowdown data to display said data as alerts to commercial vehicles using their in-cab Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Through this research project, ODOT would like to identify the effectiveness and benefit/cost of such a system, the penetration rate of these types of alerts to commercial motor vehicles, and if other alternatives exist that should be pursued by the department. The goal of this research is to determine the effectiveness of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alerts (CVSA). Objectives include (1) analyzing ODOT's current system with Drivewyze; (2) determining the availability and effectiveness of alternative platforms/systems; (3) investigating the potential for an increase in benefits with an expanded system; and (4) evaluating future methods of improvement based on new technologies and data available. The findings from this research will help ODOT understand the accuracy, reliability and reach of CVSA. This will help decision makers inform ODOT's larger strategic direction for CVAS services.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200636
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cleveland State University

    Euclid Avenue at 24th Street
    Cleveland, Oh  United States  44115
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kidando, Emmanuel

  • Start Date: 20230911
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240911
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01891731
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 39166, 118084, 136673
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2023 11:40AM