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Get Connected, Ann Arbor!

April 21, 2018

Over a thousand vehicles are connected wirelessly and are communicating with each other right now on the streets of Ann Arbor. These vehicles are transmitting a basic safety message; sharing their speed, location, and direction with each other. Connected-vehicle technology is the foundation for the future of transportation, and Ann Arbor is the base for connected-vehicle research.

When complete, the city of Ann Arbor will be the world’s largest operational, real-world deployment of connected vehicles and connected infrastructure.  This will build on the existing Ann Arbor model deployment, and will include an upgraded and expanded environment, making it the standard for a nation-wide implementation.  The Ann Arbor connected vehicle test environment (AACVTE) is a stepping-stone to achieving the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) vision for a national deployment of connected vehicles and infrastructure.

“Ann Arbor was recently awarded a Smart Cities North America Awards by IDC Government Insights for its involvement in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and we are excited to again be equipping the vehicles of those in the community that want to get connected,” said Debby Bezzina, senior program manager of the AACVTE and managing director of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation at the U-M. 

Connected vehicle technology shows great promise in transforming the way consumers travel.  Through wireless technology, connected vehicles ranging from cars to trucks and buses to pedestrians are able to communicate important safety and mobility information to one another and the infrastructure that help save lives, prevent injuries, ease traffic congestion and improve the environment.

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is working collaboratively to develop a robust environment for the testing and deployment of connected and automated vehicles in Ann Arbor.  With the help of the City of Ann Arbor and community participants, this effort will be the world’s largest operational, real-world deployment of connected vehicles and infrastructure and is a stepping-stone to achieving the U.S. DOT vision for a national deployment of connected vehicles and infrastructure.  When fully deployed, connected vehicle technology could reduce unimpaired crashes by up to 80%.

More information on this project can be found at www.aacvte.org

To participate, email: connectedvehicle@umich.edu