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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is demonstrating Florida's connected vehicle test bed at the 18th World Congress
on Intelligent Transport Systems in the Mobility Village of the Technology Showcase. As part of this showcase, FDOT has deployed
26 roadside equipment (RSE) units in an area around the Orange County Convention Center. These RSEs will interface with
demonstrators onboard equipment (OBE) and connect to the FDOT District Five SunGuide® advanced transportation management
system production software through the District's fiber optic network.
Over the past year, FDOT enhanced the SunGuide® software, Florida's statewide advanced transportation management software, enabling it to communicate with the RSE units installed on 25 miles of Interstate 4, International Drive, and John Young Parkway. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) provided the RSE units to FDOT in an effort to start a Florida connected vehicle test bed, which is the only transportation management center-based operational test bed in the country.
FDOT will demonstrate how information is collected from 42 specially equipped vehicles provided by Lynx, I-Ride Trolley, and various FDOT and demonstrator vehicles. These vehicles will operate on the test be route to provide basic safety messages to the SunGuide® software via RSE units, and they will receive traveler advisory messages back from the SunGuide® software. The RSE units communicate with vehicles through a two-way radio with a global positioning system.
As a part of the Technology Showcase, there will be over 20 demonstrations by various vendors. Many of these demonstrations will also take advantage of the RSEs to communicate.
Signal phasing and time (SPaT) controllers are planned to be deployed at specific intersections along the World Congress demonstration route. These SPaT controllers will interface with RSEs which will broadcast the SPaT data to the demonstration OBEs. The information received by these units will provide the driver with feedback about the signal status for the specific lane that their vehicle is traveling in.
Following the World Congress, FDOT plans to leave the infrastructure in place to create a test bed for future testing as well as taking advantage of any vehicles that will continue to use Vehicle Awareness Device equipment to broadcast basic safety messages.