Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Connected Vehicle Corridors

State and local transportation agencies are preparing their infrastructure for the integration of connected vehicle technologies. To date, most connected vehicle research has focused on applications in urban areas, but agencies also need long-term planning to assess resource needs required for deploying, operating, and maintaining connected vehicle technology infrastructure on rural corridors. Rural corridors often include (1) long stretches of highway with limited power, communications, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) infrastructure; (2) long distances between cities or services for travelers; (3) different traffic and roadway characteristics (e.g., higher posted speed limits, higher percentage of truck volume, and roadway geometry); and (4) significant incident related re-routing distances. Connected vehicle deployments in rural areas present opportunities for potential improvements in safety, mobility and efficiency. Therefore, it is important for the agencies—that operate and maintain rural corridors—to have a vision for connected vehicle deployment. The objectives of this research are to identify (1) connected vehicle applications that will be most relevant on rural corridors; (2) scalable ways connected vehicles may be integrated into transportation agencies’ traffic operations and management plans; (3) the requirements of connected vehicles and cyber-physical infrastructure within rural corridors; (4) the anticipated roles and responsibilities of agencies in authorizing, deploying, operating, and maintaining ITS and other transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) technologies within rural corridors; and (5) the related staffing and resource needs. The research should use a systems engineering approach to develop a model Concept of Operations and Requirements document to guide agencies responsible for rural corridors as they begin to assess their needs, operational concepts, scenarios, and requirements for connected vehicle technology deployment.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-120

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Crichton-Sumners, Camille

  • Performing Organizations:

    Noblis, Incorporated

    Reston, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Staples, Barbara

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672244
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-120
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 3:02PM