“The Connected Corridor is a vision for a key regional arterial to be outfitted with connected vehicle (CV) communications infrastructure, enabling exchange of information with nearby vehicles,” explained Scott Shogan, connected and automated vehicle market leader at WSP. “This vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, deployed at traffic signals, will allow for deployment of several applications to improve safety and efficiency of roadway users.”
The MnDOT Connected Corridor program will transform a major state highway west of Minneapolis into a “smart road” capable of testing and deploying numerous applications for safety and mobility. MnDOT has selected the TH-55 corridor between downtown Minneapolis and I-494 as the initial location to deploy this technology. In addition, ramp intersections along the parallel I-394 corridor may be outfitted with CV infrastructure to allow for additional applications related to integrated corridor management.
As the prime consultant on the project, WSP will provide planning, systems engineering and technical support to MnDOT. The firm is responsible for developing a concept of operations for the project, preparing systems requirements, and supporting the procurement of system design and deployment in subsequent phases.
WSP has been at the forefront of the development and testing of transportation infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles, and is currently advising transportation agencies across the U.S. on the development and implementation of infrastructure to accommodate these vehicles of the future. The firm’s comprehensive capabilities with respect to connected and automated vehicles are presented at www.advancingtransport.com.
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