Advanced mobility and safety services can use new vehicle-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies to allow smooth travel at desired speeds, to increase travel time reliability, to improve throughput, to improve safety, and to improve environmental performance. Many of the research projects sponsored through the Exploratory Advanced Research and Intelligent Transportation Systems programs are identifying new services, or possible enhancements to exiting services, that can potentially offer substantial benefits. Because these services have not yet been realized in deployments, laboratory testing and transportation models are needed to further analyze and improve the concepts and to provide early valuations of their potential benefits.
The key project objectives are:
(1) Establish test beds at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) for data resources, concepts and analysis, and cooperative vehicle-highway systems testing, which will improve the scope and quality of the Operations and Safety research activities.
(2) Attract researchers and outside research investments through the availability of enhanced test beds for Operations and Safety at TFHRC.