Exploring the Prospective Role of Connected Vehicles in Monitoring and Response to Pandemics and Disasters

The first part of the proposed research will review/upgrade existing models for disease spread monitoring, and to evaluate the efficacy of pandemic-control policies and other interventions. Then the research will assess the two-way risks of infection. In the second objective, the research will explore how, in the near-future, connected vehicles could prospectively be used to assist in pandemic monitoring and control, either in a standalone manner or as part of a network of technology entities. Using these two outcomes, a spatiotemporal tool will be developed to assess the risks of pandemic propagation for use in the prospective era of CAVs. The tool will duly account for human mobility patterns and infection characteristics. Also, the research will show how a CAV fleet, by dynamically and collaboratively planning their trips and selecting routines, can help minimize human contact and exposure during pandemics. The proposed research will seek/develop model based information platforms through which the CAV can use its connectivity technology to advice to its occupants based on the disease-related attributes associated with their trip end points. The second part of the research will focus on transport agency response to natural disasters. Connected vehicle technology can facilitate information exchange between the transport agency and road users during disruptive events. The research will examine the prospective role of CAVs at each of the three phases of disruptive event life-cycle (pre-event, peri-event, and post-event).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100,000($50K InDOT,$25K Qassim,$25K King Khalid U)
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    Bezzina, Debra

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University, Lyles School of Civil Engineering

    550 Stadium Mall Drive
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Principal Investigators:

    Labi, Samuel

    Dietz, J

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01768215
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747105
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2021 6:29PM