US DOT Issues Request for Information on Uses of ITS Systems and IntelliDrive to Improve Transportation Environmental Performance

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain information from the public sector, private sector and academic communities on (1) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications that can make use of IntelliDrive data and resources to improve environmental performance; (2) capture and management of real-time IntelliDrive data relevant to environmental applications development and performance measurement; and (3) evaluation techniques, performance measurement, and technologies to capture environmentally-relevant data.

In June, FHA had issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to identify contractors for ongoing innovative research in each of those three areas. (Earlier post.)

Unless information submitted in response to the RFI is marked proprietary, FHA will publish it on the AERIS (Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis) website ) so that the research information is accessible and proactively shared among the public and private sectors and academic communities.

Sponsored by DOT, IntelliDrive is a multimodal initiative to enable safe, interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles (light vehicles, transit, and freight), the infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices. As part of the IntelliDrive research effort, the DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) initiated the AERIS (Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis) research program to generate and/or acquire environmentally-relevant real-time transportation data to create actionable information to support and facilitate “green” transportation choices by transportation system users and operators.

The AERIS program is intended to better define how IntelliDrive data and applications might contribute to mitigating some of the negative environmental impacts of surface transportation.

While comments are welcome on any area of the RFI, the DOT is particularly interested in responses to the following questions:

ITS Applications and Strategies

  1. What existing or possible ITS application(s) and strategies are you aware of that could make use of IntelliDrive data and resources to significantly reduce negative environmental impacts? What are the benefits and limitations of these applications and strategies? What are the associated risks and costs?

  2. Are you involved in any innovative research to develop ITS application(s) and strategies that might make use of IntelliDrive data and resources to address negative environmental impacts? If so, what findings or results can you share to help us to shape our own research program?

Vehicle and Infrastructure-based Data

  1. What environmentally-relevant data are currently available from in-vehicle sensors? How frequently are these data generated? What is the quality of such data? Are these data readily available from in-vehicle sensors or do they require purchase of special devices?

  2. What environmentally-relevant data are currently available from infrastructure-based sensors? How frequently are these data collected? What is the quality of such data?

  3. What environmentally-relevant data can be derived from in-vehicle and infrastructure-based sensors?

  4. What technologies and methods have you found to be most effective and useful for obtaining data from in-vehicle and infrastructure-based sensors? Is there a sample that we can have access to?

  5. How can environmentally-relevant data collected or derived from in-vehicle and infrastructure-based sensors be used and integrated with existing transportation system operations?

Evaluation Techniques

  1. What are the key performance measures you have used, or would propose to be used, to measure the environmental impacts of ITS applications and strategies on the surface transportation system?

  2. What techniques have you used, or would propose to be used, for evaluating the performance of ITS applications and strategies designed to mitigate the negative impacts of transportation on the environment?

  3. What decisions did you make as a result of the evaluation results? What environmental benefits did you achieve?


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