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Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory TO-13005: Development of a Platform Technology for Automated Vehicle Research

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-13-0029
Project Status: 
Active
Start Date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015
FHWA Program: 
Operations
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Cruise Control; Instrumented Vehicles; Vehicle to Vehicle Communications; Operations; Research; Vehicle Performance; Vehicles
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations
TRB Subject Area: 
Vehicles and Equipment, Research, Operations and Traffic Management, Data and Information Technology

Contact Information

First Name: 
Taylor
Last Name: 
Lochrane
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3293
Email Address: 

Project Details

Project Description: 

The contractor shall acquire and support the instrumentation of two new vehicles that would enable Federal Highway Administration research staff, and other Saxton Laboratory users, to conduct vehicle performance and system testing at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. These new vehicles shall be designed with a cooperative adaptive cruise control system that will enable research to quantify the benefits of this concept. These vehicles are to be designed specifically for Federal Highway Administration to have electronic throttle and braking subsystem controls. This shall provide an experimenter with the ability to control a vehicle's acceleration and deceleration through an onboard controller. Enabling vehicle-to-vehicle communications through cooperative adaptive cruise control will allow researchers to conduct experiments on the benefits of this system.

Goals:

  • Develop a design concept for platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
  • Design engineering specifications for a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
  • Design instrumentation for and test a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Task 2: Design of Concepts for Connected Vehicle Research Platform
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Report
Deliverable Name: 
ask 3: Engineering Specifications
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Detail design.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 4: Instrumentation of Vehicle
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Build out of vehicle fleet.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 6: Delivery of Vehicles
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Delivery of the equipped vehicle fleet.