Eddy, Martha Morecock; Sara Davidson; Annie Chang; Radha Neelakantan;and Kevin Viita
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The focus of the Rural Connected Vehicle Gap Analysis was to identify potential challenges pertaining to the deployment of connected vehicles across rural areas, and potential solutions that address the identified challenges. Decades of study regarding rural transportation needs indicate that rural areas share certain transportation hurdles that differ from those in urban areas. Due to the lower population rates in rural areas, there is typically less funding for transportation maintenance and traffic management. Rural areas also have a higher occurrence of fatal road crashes than the urban roadways. The opportunity for improved safety and operating conditions that connected vehicles offers rural communities is great. This study identifies the gap(s) restricting or hindering rural deployment of connected vehicle technologies.

Rural transportation leaders frequently assert that it is difficult to find funding to support everyday road maintenance, construction and operations. It is more difficult to justify allocating money for connected vehicle technologies due to some misunderstandings  that negatively impacts the decision-makers’ willingness to deploy these technologies. Reoccurring perceptions or concerns regarding connected vehicles include:
  • Respondents and decision makers perceive V2I technologies as largely utilized to address congestion issues.
  • Connected vehicle applications are not mature enough for decision makers to base funding decisions around them.
  • There is skepticism regarding connected vehicle technologies and what is involved in ensuring that they function properly.
  • The cost of deploying connected vehicle technology and applications in rural areas is assumed to be particularly high.
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Rural Connected Vehicle Gap Analysis: Factors Impeding Deployment and Recommendations for Moving Forward
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