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Qualification and Certification Testing for Vehicle Awareness Devices–Funded by USDOT, Led by OmniAir Consortium

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As part of the OmniAir Consortium Cooperative Agreement with the United State Department of Transportation (USDOT), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed plans, procedures, and tools for qualification and certification testing of connected vehicle awareness devices (VADs) that are being used in USDOT's connected vehicle model deployment safety pilot in Ann Arbor, MI. Under this program, SwRI has led the development of the system engineering plan, device test procedures, and the tools that automate much of the dedicated short range communications (DSRC)-based device testing.


As part of the OmniAir team, SwRI subjected test devices to multiple iterations of highly structured sets of tests that included inspection, bench, stationary vehicle, and moving vehicle tests. These tests are intended to verify compliance with device specifications, RFP requirements, and IEEE and SAE standards. SwRI led the development of the test tools and the initial test sessions on our 1,200 acre grounds in San Antonio, TX. These tools and procedures were then verified in Baltimore, MD, and Millville, NJ.

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Specifications and Standards Devices Were Tested to

  • Safety Pilot RFP for VADs
  • USDOT VAD Specification
  • IEEE 802.11p
  • IEEE 1609 WAVE Standards
  • SAE J2735 Message Set
  • CAMP VSC3 –DSRC BSM Communication Minimum Performance Requirements
  • SAE J1113-11 Immunity to Conducted Transients on Power Leads


As a result of this testing, a pilot safety study is outfitting approximately 2,500 vehicles with these devices to help ensure an ample amount of experimental data required to support a 2013 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandate decision.

Robert Heller, Ph.D., Program Director, (210) 522-3824,