Bringing Smart Transport to Texans: Ensuring the Benefits of a Connected and Autonomous Transport System in Texas

This project will develop and demonstrate a variety of smart-transport technologies and practices for Texas highways and freeways using automated vehicles (AVs), connected vehicles (CV5), smartphone, and related technologies, as well as Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT's) Lonestar statewide software. The work's products will enable more efficient intersection, ramp, and weaving section operations for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) operations, alongside a suite of behavioral and traffic-flow forecasts for Texas regions and networks under a variety of vehicle mixed: (smart phone, conventional, semi-autonomous vs. fully autonomous, connected but not automated). The work will develop and facilitate rigorous benefit-cost assessments of multiple strategies that TxDOT may pursue to bring smarter, safer, more connected, and more sustainable ground transportation systems to Texas, In concert with auto manufacturers, technologists, and the traveling public. The effort will also support proactive policymaking on vehicle/occupant licensing, liability, and privacy standards, as technologies become available and travel behaviors change. The project's Phase 1 demonstrations will showcase Texas' 12-mile dedicated short range communication (DSRC)-instrumented highway in San Antonio for application of driver alerts, road-surface conditions, and traffic flow monitoring. As well as vehicle guidance (using inexpensive inertial measurement unit IMU's and heads-up displays in CV5). The research team's innovative pod approach allows equipment to be moved between vehicles. Phase 1 will include regional and statewide behavioral forecasts (for vehicle choices, vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), and traveler benefits, by location) and simulations/optimizations of smart ramp merge) and smart intersection operations, under thousands of case settings, With calculated delay reductions, fuel savings, safety impacts, and emissions benefits.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $2,977,888
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research
    3925 W. Braker Lane, 4th Floor
    Austin, TX  United States  78759
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kockelman, Kara

  • Start Date: 20150116
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39948

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568857
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6838
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM