The National Academies

NCHRP 08-120 [Active]

Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Connected Vehicle Corridors

  Project Data
Funds: $350,000
Staff Responsibility: Camille Crichton-Sumners
Research Agency: Noblis, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Barbara Staples
Effective Date: 8/1/2019
Completion Date: 1/31/2021
Comments: Research In Progress


State and local transportation agencies are preparing their infrastructure for the integration of connected vehicle technologies. To date, most connected vehicle research has focused on applications in urban areas, but agencies also need long-term planning to assess resource needs required for deploying, operating, and maintaining connected vehicle technology infrastructure on rural corridors. Rural corridors often include (1) long stretches of highway with limited power, communications, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) infrastructure; (2) long distances between cities or services for travelers; (3) different traffic and roadway characteristics (e.g., higher posted speed limits, higher percentage of truck volume, and roadway geometry); and (4) significant incident related re-routing distances.
Connected vehicle deployments in rural areas present opportunities for potential improvements in safety, mobility and efficiency. Therefore, it is important for the agencies—that operate and maintain rural corridors—to have a vision for connected vehicle deployment.


The objectives of this research are to identify (1) connected vehicle applications that will be most relevant on rural corridors; (2) scalable ways connected vehicles may be integrated into transportation agencies’ traffic operations and management plans; (3) the requirements of connected vehicles and cyber-physical infrastructure within rural corridors; (4) the anticipated roles and responsibilities of agencies in authorizing, deploying, operating, and maintaining ITS and other transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) technologies within rural corridors; and (5) the related staffing and resource needs.

The research should use a systems engineering approach to develop a model Concept of Operations and Requirements document to guide agencies responsible for rural corridors as they begin to assess their needs, operational concepts, scenarios, and requirements for connected vehicle technology deployment.

Final deliverables should include, at a minimum (1) a final report documenting the entire research effort; (2) Concept of Operations and high level functional requirements document; (3) prioritized recommendations for future research; (4) a brief stand-alone summary of findings suitable for a broad range of stakeholders; (5) a PowerPoint-style presentation describing the background, objectives, research approach, findings, and conclusions; (6) a stand-alone technical memorandum titled “Implementation of Research Findings and Products” (see Special Note F for additional information); (7) a presentation of the findings at two committee meetings or conferences (e.g., AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations (CTSO) and National Rural ITS Conference); and (8) a draft article suitable for publication in TR News (Information regarding TR News publication may be found on the TRB webpage http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/trnews/info4contributors.pdf)


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