FHWA vehicle-to-infrastructure guidance aims to improve safety and mobility

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) guidance aimed at improving safety and mobility “by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems.”

The agency says the guidance complements the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) proposed rule issued in December.

“In addition to improving safety, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology offers tremendous mobility and environmental benefits,” says FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “We took a big leap forward today by starting a national conversation about these topics, the future of V2I technologies and some of the bigger challenges facing us, such as privacy, security and interoperability.”

FHWA says it developed the V2I guidance as a means of helping transportation system owners and operators employ V2I technology, as well as assist transportation agencies “understand what a decision to deploy V2I technology could mean to their region, prepare for emerging V2I/V2V technologies and leverage federal-aid funds to deploy them.”

Topics covered in the guidance include:

  • Connected vehicle applications, programs and software
  • Planning for V2I activities for MPOs, local public agencies, transit operators and states
  • National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act
  • Interoperability among modes of transportation and on a national level
  • Evaluation of effectiveness, benefit/cost and user satisfaction
  • ITS equipment capability and compatibility for V2I integration and overlay
  • Hardware/software device certification
  • Reliability of deployed equipment
  • Use of right-of-way following current regulations and funding eligibility
  • Allowance of private sector use to maximize the possibility of private investment for deployment and operations
  • Design consideration for facilities to accommodate installation of v2i roadside equipment
  • Use of existing structures and infrastructure as long as its use has a public benefit and does not create potential safety issues
  • Use of public sector fleet to install and use components that enable v2i applications
  • Procurement process to enable consistent, secure, and interoperable implementations
  • Legacy system and devices to be retrofitted, replaced or supplemented by v2i applications
  • Communication technology that is consistent with application interoperability across the nation
  • Dedicated short range communication (dsrc) service licensing
  • Data connection and latency to ensure reliable data transfers between vehicles and infrastructure at appropriate transfer speeds
  • Connected vehicle privacy principles
  • Connected vehicle security
  • Data access, assigning data ownership or limiting access to data
  • Manual on uniform traffic control devices and its application to the design and content of message displayed on a traffic control device or sent to a driver
  • Using public-private partnership (P3s) and other commercial relationships for deployment

More details on the V2I guidance is available at https://www.its.dot.gov/v2i/.