Connected Vehicle Discussion Highlights AASHTO Spring Meeting

Work has been going on for some time to develop the technologies and identify the applications for vehicle-to-vehicle and also vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity.

One of the highlights of the May 18-20 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Spring Meeting will be current AASHTO President Kirk Steudle's leading a peer-to-peer discussion of the connected vehicle program, which is the DOT-led effort to develop a fully connected transportation system. Work has been going on for some time to develop the technologies and identify the applications for vehicle-to-vehicle and also vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity.

Steudle is director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, which is hosting the meeting in Traverse City, Mich. He'll be joined in leading the May 18 connected vehicle (CV) discussion by John Njord, who chairs the Executive Leadership Team that is the governing committee for the federal, state, and auto industry partnership working on the CV program. Also participating will be Shelley Row, director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office at DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

The meeting helps transportation executives learn about peers' best practices. This year's agenda includes sessions about lean construction, future freight flows, and adapting infrastructure to extreme weather events. A CEO roundtable discussion on the final day will address how state departments of transportation can meet customers' expectations during the 21st century.

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