Keeping Pace with Connected and Automated Vehicles
Maryland is among 14 states testing automated vehicles, says CAV Program Manager Carole Delion.
Whether you're reading about Uber testing automated vehicles or hearing that connected cars approaching an intersection can detect one another even before they're in sight, you know that Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) are on the horizon.
CAV Program Manager Carole Delion is working with a team of 50 MDOT SHA employees to move Maryland highways forward with CAV as auto makers, the federal government, and other states make incremental advances. And Maryland is at the forefront. Last year, Bloomberg News cited Maryland as only one of 14 states that have testing grounds for self-driving cars.
At an August Lunch 'N Learn, MDOT SHA staff provided CAV 101 to interested employees and reviewed MDOT SHA's recent CAV accomplishments.
There have been many.
In 2017, MDOT SHA created its first CAV Strategic Plan.
"The strategic plan is a living document," says Carole. "We attend lots of national committee meetings and bring back great ideas."
CAV is now a subject for Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) planning.
During the last snow season, MDOT SHA used connected technology to collect details about wintery road conditions, making it possible to dispatch needed equipment via the Mobile Advanced Road Weather Information System (MARWIS).
Currently, at US 1 in Howard County, MDOT SHA is testing smart signaling as part of what AASHTO calls the SPaT (Signal Phasing and Timing) Challenge. SPaT will introduce a technology called Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), which MDOT SHA will use to communicate with connected vehicles as they interact electronically on the road.
And soon, the CAV planning group will provide MDOT SHA personnel with online training in CAV. MDOT SHA staff can visit the CAV at MDOT SHA SharePoint site and read blog posts by team members about research, the very latest technology, and surveys about what drivers really think CAV will mean out on the road.