Perhaps one of the greatest innovations in transportation is the development of connected and autonomous vehicles. In reaction to this new technology, UTRC2 organized the first annual Connected Vehicle Test-Bed Development & Integration Workshop held at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY on June 1, 2012, the 2nd Connected and Self-driven Vehicles Symposium held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ on June 17-18, 2013 and 3rd Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Conference held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY on November 5-6, 2014.
Due to the success of these three conferences, UTRC2 held the 4th Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Symposium to be held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Albany, NY on December 2, 2015.
This Symposium will offered public transportation policy makers, public transportation operating agency executives, university researchers and industry representatives across the Internet of Things (IoT) universe of devices, connectivity and big data that offer vehicle related products or services the opportunity to hear directly from leaders in industry, university and government (IUG) that are contributing to significant connected and autonomous vehicle deployments.
Recently, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, at the New York City Joint Management Traffic Center, announced that New York City, Wyoming, and Tampa, FL will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation technology in infrastructure and in vehicles to share and communicate anonymous information with each other and their surroundings in real time, reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and cutting the unimpaired vehicle crash rate by 80 percent. Read more here.
Speakers highlighted the successful effort to align IUG through the Strategic Market Alignment of Roadway Technologies (SMART) Consortium strategy to generate real world connected and autonomous vehicle deployments as a pathway to realize the value of the $10 trillion IoT next industrial revolution.
Representatives from industry detailed how innovations in the IoT universe of devices, connectivity and big data are providing the technology pathways for sustainable development of connected and autonomous vehicles. As IoT applications becomes more mature numerous companies are deploying new technology in vehicles that dramatically improve safety and mobility.
With this technology transformation upon us New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is preparing for one of the the largest urban connected vehicle deployment in the United States. NYCDOT representatives described these plans and provide details on the technology architecture being contemplated. New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) also detailed its suburban and rural connected vehicle pilot deployment proposal.
Finally, video demonstrations of autonomous vehicles with emphasis on benefits to public transportation offered at the end of the day. For example, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed an autonomous vehicle that follows temporary work zones to protect road construction workers.