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Connected Vehicle Technologies

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A connected vehicle (CV) network entails vehicles exchanging information with highway infrastructure and other vehicles using safe, interoperable wireless communications. Networked vehicles are designed to improve traffic safety and mobility, while minimizing environmental impacts. SwRI is a leading provider of software and systems research and development for connected vehicles, and we serve as a test bed for federal, state, and local agencies.

Hardware & Software

SwRI has worked extensively with a wide variety of commercially available CV equipment and devices, as well as devices currently under development. SwRI has supported a number of state and local agencies with investigating and identifying sites that are well-suited for CV infrastructure deployment and integration. We have also conducted research to develop novel vehicle and infrastructure CV applications to enhance safety and mobility, as well as to collect and aggregate "big data" to support other types of transportation applications and analysis. SwRI is also performing cutting-edge research into leverage CV technology to enhance automated vehicle operations.

Standards Development

SwRI staff members are voting participants for several of the important connected vehicle standards efforts, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1609 Dedicated Short Range Communication Working Group, as well as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2735 and J2945 Standards. Leveraging this involvement, SwRI has been able to support the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Connected Vehicle Certification Program to ensure that CV equipment conforms to the standards and meets performance requirements.

Traffic System Modeling & Simulation

Understanding exactly how large-scale deployment of connected and cooperative vehicles will impact larger traffic systems is important throughout the design process. SwRI possesses significant modeling and simulation (M&S) capability to enable the use of software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing with virtual vehicles that behave and act according to various configurable behavior models in different environments.

Featured Projects

  • Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership
  • USDOT/FHWA Connected Vehicle Next Stage Certification Environment
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secure Software Update Over-The-Air for Ground Vehicles Specification and PrototypeVulnerable Road User Safety Enhancement Assessment
  • Basic Infrastructure Message Development and Standards Support for Connected Vehicle Applications
  • Wrong-way Driver Connected Vehicle Demonstration