A central feature of the MTC’s approach to transforming mobility is to test and demonstrate emerging technologies and concepts with deployments of equipped vehicles and infrastructure on the roads of Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.

For the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks, and buses were equipped with wireless devices.

This approach builds on the experience U-M gained conducting the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a visionary $31 million program conceived and funded by the US Department of Transportation. For the Safety Pilot, U-M Transportation Research Institute researchers equipped nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks, and buses in Ann Arbor, along with selected intersections, curves, and freeway sites in the northeastern quadrant of the city, with Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) devices.  These devices communicate information such as vehicle position, speed, and direction of travel that can be used to alert drivers of potential crash situations. Data gathered and archived from this model deployment project is being used to inform current policy decisions by the USDOT.

Building on what was established in the Safety Pilot, MTC is developing and implementing three major deployments that will be integrated as supporting pillars to its research and development efforts:

1) Connected Ann Arbor

  • Expansion of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment
  • 9,000 equipped vehicles, including private automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.
  • 27 square miles of equipped infrastructure covering the greater Ann Arbor area

2) Connected Southeast Michigan

  • 20,000 equipped vehicles
  • Up to 500 equipped nodes, including highways and intersections
  • Up to 5,000 devices, including nomadic seed devices, extending to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians

3) Connected and Automated Ann Arbor

  • Advanced system of connected and automated vehicles, including Level 4 automated vehicles
  • 27 square miles of densely instrumented infrastructure