Sponsor: Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority.
Performance Period: September 2016 – September 2022
On September 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiated three Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments in Tampa, New York, and Wyoming. The THEA CV Pilot deployed several vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety and mobility applications. The $20-million project aimed to create a connected urban environment to measure the effect and impact of CV technologies in Tampa’s vibrant downtown.
Dr. Concas led the performance measurement and evaluation of the THEA CV Pilot, managing the collection and analysis of data generated by more than 1,000 vehicles, including fixed-route bus and streetcar vehicles, traveling/serving the Tampa central business district to assess the impact of CV technology on safety and mobility. To assist USDOT in tracking and measuring the performance of the CV Pilot, ACME developed a data visualization dashboard (https://cavdashboard.com), the first-ever interactive CV analytical platform using near-real time CV data.
During the last phase of the Pilot, Dr. Concas’ research group also supported USDOT in conducting field experiments to understand cooperative-ITS Vehicle to Everything (V2X) radio propagation, interference, and the effects of uncontrolled environmental variables on V2X communications (both Dedicated Short Range Communications or DSRC and Long-Term Evolution Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything or LTE-CV2X)