05 Jun Connected Vehicle Data Ecosystem
Modern vehicles have a lot of information to share about the condition of roads and traffic. Connecting those vehicles with each other and with roadside infrastructure allows a data-sharing synergy that benefits both the driver and the road operator. This shared data helps make roadways safer, provides better mobility and reduces congestion. UDOT is developing a robust Connected Vehicle Data Ecosystem to connect vehicles — an essential step to improving transportation.
UDOT has been involved in planning for, and deploying connected vehicle (CV) technology for about 15 years for the main purpose of supporting its goal of Zero Fatalities. In order to significantly scale its CV technology efforts, UDOT formed a partnership with Panasonic of North America to develop and implement a Connected Vehicle Data Ecosystem. This is a cloud-based data analytics and storage platform that brings together transportation data elements into a central location where we can improve our ability to manage traffic, detect incidents, and warn drivers of hazardous conditions. Any number of partners can work with and learn from the data.
As our vehicles become increasingly connected, they will share billions of data points that can be used by UDOT and the public. This data, coupled with the intelligent transportation systems data that UDOT already has, will be processed in the cloud to create actionable information in real time. This information can then be used by UDOT traffic operators and sent back to connected vehicles to allow drivers to make better decisions.
“Human error is a factor in up to 94 percent of serious crashes“
Our roadways always have mixed forms of traffic: cars, buses, trucks, old and new vehicles, vehicles driven by experienced drivers, and vehicles driven by newer drivers. Vehicles with CAV capabilities will increase gradually over several decades and will mix with vehicles with many different capabilities. CAVs are being designed to operate in the same way traditional vehicles do, generally following the same traffic laws. In fact, highly automated CAVs may be more compliant with traffic laws than human-driven vehicles. CAVs will have the enhanced capability to detect activities all around them and respond appropriately. When a human-driven, traditional vehicle speeds up, slows down, or turns, the CAV will respond to those actions. Similarly, human drivers will respond to actions by CAVs.
This is a multi-phase, multi-year project that prepares UDOT for the future. The cloud-based ecosystem development effort includes the installation of roadside communications devices, on-board devices in UDOT vehicles, and a series of applications that facilitate communication with the vehicles. The Connected Vehicle Curve Speed Warning and Connected Vehicle Spot Weather Impact Warning projects are part of this overall effort.
BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY
The Connected Vehicle Data Ecosystem will provide a myriad of benefits to the public. Data being integrated into the database will be leveraged by UDOT to provide visibility and awareness about what is happening on Utah roads. For example, the Data Ecosystem allows Spot Weather Impact Warnings to be efficiently deployed so travelers can be warned about weather conditions. Long-term benefits of the Data Ecosystem include improving safety and mobility on Utah’s roadways.
WHERE THE TECHNOLOGY IS DEPLOYED
UDOT’s Data Ecosystem is cloud-based software, meaning there is no central physical location for the technology. The Data Ecosystem supports technology applications being deployed in locations around the state of Utah.