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Challenges in Action: RITA’s Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge

America’s transportation system is among the best in the world, but Americans face crash risks, congestion, environmental impacts, and other detriments that erode our quality of life. Smart ideas on how to apply advanced wireless technology can make the transportation system safer, more efficient and even “greener.”

An advanced open source wireless technology called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) allows vehicles of all kinds, whether traveling slowly or even over 60 mph, to communicate with each other, stationary roadside equipment, and mobile devices.  Thus far, the majority of applications have been aimed toward crash avoidance.

The U.S. DOT thus decided to use a relatively novel method, a prize, to undertake a new program to develop new applications, devices, products, business solutions, and a range of services that improve transportation’s role in safety and quality of life.  The DOT believes that there are new approaches, partnerships and devices for using DSRC that innovators among the broader public can and will devise, if they are called to participate. In this spirit, on January 24, 2011, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) launched a challenge on challenge.gov called the “Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge”. The idea submission portion of the challenge will end on May 1, 2011.

So this challenge asks: When vehicles talk to each other, what should they say?

The Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge is soliciting short descriptions of novel, implementable ideas for products or approaches that utilize DSRC to offer benefits to travelers or society at large.  The six best submissions will be awarded a trip to the premier global conference on advanced transportation technology, the 2011 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress, to be held in Orlando in October 2011.  Awardees will be the guests of honor at a special session of the ITS World Congress.  In the session, they will present their winning idea to an audience of ITS experts, business professionals, and potential investors in the development of their concepts.

For more information about DOT’s Open Government Initiative please contact the DOT Open Government team at open@dot.gov.

Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012