Drive supported PennDOT in the development of a Joint Statewide Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Strategic Plan. The plan focused on gathering both internal (PennDOT) and external (FHWA, NCHRP, AASHTO, etc.) guidance and research and also identified early successes and best practices relating to this technology. The plan focuses on nine (9) major business areas: Maintenance and Operations, Design and Construction, Planning and Research, IT and Security, DMV, Multi-modal, Workforce Requirements, Policy and Legal, and Outreach/Legal.
Drive created an acceptance test plan that provides test procedures to test a Connex US Locomate Roadstar OBU’s ability to receive, broadcast, and store dedicated short range communication (DSRC) data and display the information on an integrated visual display. These DSRC broadcasts provide information regarding signal phase and timing (SPaT) and originate from Arada Locomate road side equipment (RSE) placed at specific intersections throughout the Harrisburg region. The testing of Basic Safety Message (BSM-1) data transmission and storage from the OBU to the RSE was also assessed. Drive configured the OBU to broadcast, receive and display Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) messages (BSM, MAP, and SPaT). The OBU configuration was then tested around RSE and incorporated into intersections around Harrisburg Capital Park.
Drive worked as part of a large project team to demonstrate the delivery of a more accurate work zone information source via Waze and Trip Talk for current smart phone users. To do this, a prototype application utilizing CV DSRC Onboard Units (OBUs) was installed on both a truck mounted attenuator vehicle and an evaluation vehicle. The pilot system supported traveler (and PTC maintenance operations) information for stationary (shoulder, single, or multi-lane closures) as well as mobile work zones. In addition, the system addressed lane and shoulder closures as well as off-shoulder work zones.
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