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This site, brought to you by the UMTRI Library, is here to put you in touch with news items from around the web and announcements of relevant new reports and journal articles in the field of connected-vehicle technologies.

UMTRI (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute) is a leader in the testing and deployment of safety applications that connect vehicles to vehicles and vehicles to the infrastructure.

In September of 2011, UMTRI was awarded a $14.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to research the deployment of these technologies.

The 30-month program will establish a real world, multimodal test site in Ann Arbor for enabling wireless communications among vehicles and roadside equipment for use in generating data to enable safety applications. Passenger cars, commercial trucks, and transit buses will be included that are equipped with a mix of integrated, retrofit, and aftermarket V2V and V2I-based safety systems, a technology that could prevent thousands of crashes.

The data generated and archived as part of the model deployment will be used for estimating safety benefits in support of future policy decisions by the USDOT, as well as for use by the broader transportation industry in developing additional safety, mobility, and environmental applications utilizing wireless technologies. The testing phase will last twelve (12) months, and include approximately 2,850 vehicles.

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