WSP USA’s experts are engaged in a wide array of national research covering all aspects of connected and automated vehicles (CAV).


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Federal Level Involvement

We support and lead several projects from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study (CV PFS).

WSP is part of the Booz Allen Hamilton research team for NCHRP 20-102(8), Dedicating Lanes for Priority or Exclusive Use by CVs and AVs. We are contributing to the identification of benefits and drawbacks, and recommending models that can be utilized to help quantify applicable performance measures. Our team is also leading a sub-task on laws and regulations, including a review of policy, regulatory and legislative issues, and creating a draft framework of vehicle definitions for future implementation scenarios.

Our firm is leading NCHRP 20-102(12), Business Models to Facilitate Deployment of CV Infrastructure. This project will describe scenarios characterizing how CV infrastructure technology may be developed and deployed. Through workshop and expert development, the project will assess the business case for departments of transportation to make investments in CV infrastructure—solely and in partnership with private enterprise—to realize the greatest public benefits of AV technology.

WSP is a key partner with the Texas Transportation Institute on NCHRP 20-24(112), Connected Road Classification System. The project will build on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s straw-man classification system already proposed, and develop a uniform classification system. This will help agencies designate their roadways based on the degree and level of readiness to accommodate CVs and highly automated vehicles and plan their deployment of needed infrastructure

WSP is leading a CV PFS project exploring the next generation Connected Traffic Control System. Along with partners PATH and the University of Arizona, our team is building from previous CV PFS efforts and the highly successful Multi-modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System research and demonstration projects. The project will expand the research concept to address the full spectrum of traffic control systems currently in use or emerging.

Our firm is leading an important research project for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations. For the project, Mobile Devices Sharing Data with Connected Vehicles and ITS Devices – Concepts of Operations, Requirements, Data Sharing Needs and Design Considerations – we are developing a technical guidance document to support public agencies as they consider enabling their traffic management systems to share data with connected devices to enhance the performance of the trips of travelers using these devices and the surface transportation system.