The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment aimed to test a connected urban environment and measure the effect and impact of CVs in a busy downtown with tolled expressway, bus and street car service, high pedestrian densities, special events and high dynamic traffic demand over the course of a typical day. THEA deployed Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) CV solutions within specific areas of downtown Tampa, Florida with the goals of enhancing pedestrian safety, speeding bus operations and reducing conflicts between street cars, pedestrians and passenger cars at locations with high volumes of mixed traffic.
The study featured a robust experimental design involving more than 1,000 private citizens for a period of over 19 months in 2018 – 2020 to experience the functionality and impact of the V2V and V2I CV applications via a Human Machine Interface (HMI) installed in participant's vehicle’s rearview mirror. The performance evaluation of this study focused on measuring, reporting, and assessing the impact and contribution of the CV technology toward enhanced mobility and safety.
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