Preparing Traffic Control Operations for Automated
Updating our traffic control infrastructure now for CAV will ensure we are prepared operationally for AV
The US DOT’s release of AV 4.0 last month has helped to illustrate the country’s need to commit to deploying the transportation infrastructure technologies to benefit public safety. While a few technology issues still need to be resolved, like certainty on the wireless communications for vehicle safety through the FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (DSRC vs. LTEV2X), it has also shined a light on the opportunities we have in front of us as a nation, through automated systems. It starts by designing, planning, building, operating, and maintaining new digital transportation infrastructure in preparation for Cooperative Automated Transportation Systems, Mobility on Demand, and the new digital ecosystem.
While fully automated vehicles at a national scale are a long way off, we need to focus on today’s requirements for the critical and lengthy period that CAV and non-CAV vehicles share the road. This will prepare the industry for the ongoing operational requirements of automation. Fundamental issues, including digitizing our infrastructure, enhancing security, and expanding mobility to the vulnerable road users, the under-served, and the elderly, are some of the strategies we will need to address immediately.
Preparing operational digital infrastructure now will help us realize the full potential of the future CAV ecosystem. This means updating our network infrastructure now with an eye toward security, connected, digital, IP, sensors, software, and service systems, in other words, employing the most flexible, adaptable, and expandable solutions available that are backed by powerful service and support.
What’s at stake? The societal and economic benefits of CAVs are far-reaching. In addition to expanding mobility mentioned earlier, CAV can benefit other operational design domains (ODD) including, more sustainable agriculture/farming, freight transport, medical services, etc. So, let’s continue to prepare for CAV and upgrade our infrastructure now.