Connected/Automated Vehicles

The Institute of Transportation Engineers has created a task force and an electronic discussion group as part of the ITE Connected Vehicle Support project, a research program managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO). The purpose of the Connected Vehicle project and task force is to work with ITE and U.S. DOT in providing input from the perspective of ITE, local agencies and practitioners, while supporting U.S. DOT’s overall schedule and project plans in the areas of operations, policy and systems engineering. If you are interested in receiving electronic communications regarding the work conducted by the ITE task force or other news related to IntelliDrive project, please join the free discussion group. You also will be welcome to attend the task force open meetings.


Connected Vehicle (CV) Technologies

Connected Vehicle — formerly known as Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) — has the potential to transform travel as we know it. Connected Vehicle combines leading edge technologies — advanced wireless communications, on-board computer processing, advanced vehicle-sensors, GPS navigation, smart infrastructure, and others — to provide the capability for vehicles to identify threats and hazards on the roadway and communicate this information over wireless networks to give drivers alerts and warnings.

At Connected Vehicle’s core is a networked environment supporting very high speed transactions among vehicles (V2V), and between vehicles and infrastructure components (V2I) or hand held devices (V2D) to enable numerous safety and mobility applications.

This capability to identify, collect, process, exchange, and transmit real-time data provides drivers with a greater situational awareness of the events, potential, threats, and imminent hazards within the vehicle’s environment. When combined with technologies that intuitively and clearly present alerts, advice, and warnings — drivers can make better and safer decisions while driving. Additionally, when further combined with automated vehicle-safety applications, Connected Vehicle provides the vehicle with the ability to respond and react when the driver can’t or doesn't in time, significantly increasing the effectiveness of crash prevention and mitigation applications. Some potential applications of Connected Vehicle are described below:

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V). When a vehicle breaks suddenly, it can transmit a notice to vehicles behind that enable those vehicles to warn drivers to stop, or automatically apply brakes if a crash is imminent.
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I). A vehicle in an accident could transmit incident data — time of incident, type of crash, severity — through a roadside infrastructure device to system operators who then broadcast regional warnings. Simultaneously, incident data could be transmitted directly to emergency dispatchers for emergency response.
  • Vehicle-to-others (V2D). A car turning right may be able to send an alert to a bicyclist’s cell phone or device on the bike and avoid a potential collision.

To join the free ITE Connected Vehicle electronic discussion group click here.


Automated Vehicle (AV) Technologies

Automated vehicles are those in which at least some aspect of a safety-critical control function (e.g., steering, throttle, or braking) occurs without direct driver input. Automation has the potential to significantly impact our driving safety, personal mobility, energy consumption, operating efficiency, environmental sustainability, and land use. While research into automated vehicles and other aspects of automation are in the early stages, it is rapidly gaining attention around the world in all sectors of the economy. Link to US DOT fact sheets,



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