Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA) Demonstration

This project will demonstrate the technical merits and feasibility of different Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA) technology applications in bus revenue service, and to assess their costs and benefits. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the cooperative agreement recipient, is partnering with Alameda County (AC) Transit, Lane Transit District (LTD), the University of California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), and several private sector companies. Specifically, Caltrans will test lateral guidance through toll booths and on a four-mile section of high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) lane leading to the tool plaza and on AC Transit's M line. Caltrans also plans to test lateral guidance on LTD's Franklin EmX bus rapid transit (BRT) transitway and precision docking at BRT bus stops. These applications will each use the following VAA technologies, individually and in combination: 1) magnetic marker sensing, and 2) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) with inertial sensors.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Intelligent Transportation Systems


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1900000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    ITS - Joint Program Office
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mortensen, Steven

  • Performing Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mizuno, Bradley

  • Start Date: 20080925
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19742

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01490070
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-CA-26-7080-00
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2013 1:01AM