The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has been awarded a $14.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to conduct a safety pilot model deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety applications.

The 30-month program will establish a test site in Ann Arbor, Mich., for enabling wireless communications among vehicles and roadside equipment for use in generating data to enable safety applications. Passenger cars, commercial trucks and transit buses will be included that are equipped with a mix of integrated, retrofit and aftermarket V2V and V2I-based safety systems. These are technologies that could prevent thousands of crashes.