Development of Connected Vehicle Technology for US Army Test on Michigan Freeway

As part of the Planet M initiative, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) partnered to test connected vehicle applications on the I-69 freeway in Lapeer County, Michigan. WSP USA was a part of the MDOT team leading the infrastructure deployments.

The First Test Conducted on a Public Highway

WSP USA was responsible for the infrastructure installation, including road side unit (RSU) software configurations, network architecture development, and backhaul communication and testing. The system, which consisted of six RSUs at different locations, supported various vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) infrastructure applications, including speed recommendation, curve speed warning, lane closure warning and disabled vehicle warning.

Prior to installation, our team coordinated a system mock-up test with all parties involved, which was conducted in a lab environment. During the live testing, we provided as-needed on-site technical support with the radio configurations and troubleshooting, leading to a highly successful test.

The RSUs are being decommissioned and reinstalled at permanent locations on I-69 for future real-world applications.