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USDOT Connected Vehicle Partner

Published on 26 February 2015

USDOT (US Department of Transportation) announces 7Layers as partner for  Connected Vehicle Program
7Layers is selected to develop the Connected Vehicle Next Stage Certification Environmentconnected vehicle

 to include

  • Device Requirements
  • Test Specifications
  • Test Equipment & Suites
  • Test & Certification Services

Technology providers, manufacturers and application developers will have the ecosystem available to validate Connected Vehicle solutions thereby ensuring compliance, performance and interoperability.

In order to achieve this, the US Department of Transport (USDOT) aims to accelerate the deployment and adoption of connected vehicle systems, and seeks to harmonize the underlying standards which are required in order to achieve reliable and interoperable connected vehicles and ITS services.

For this reason, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) and the Certification Steering Committee have announced they will work together to set up and deliver the next generation of certification services in support of the Connected Vehicle Program.

Routes to Connected Vehicle

Connected vehicle safety applications

…would enable vehicles to have 360-degree awareness to inform a vehicle operator of hazards and situations they can’t see. These safety applications have the potential to reduce crashes through advisories and warnings. For instance, vehicle operators may be advised of a school zone, sharp ramp curve, or slippery patch of roadway ahead and may be warned in more imminent crash situations, such as during merging operations or if the vehicle ahead stops suddenly. Vehicles can also be warned of bicycles and pedestrians through connected vehicle technology, enhancing the safety of these travel modes.

Connected vehicle mobility applications

…are intended to provide a connected, data-rich travel environment based on information transmitted anonymously from thousands of vehicles that are using the transportation system at a particular time. This information could help transportation managers monitor and manage transportation system performance – for example, by adjusting traffic signals, transit operations, or dispatching maintenance crews or emergency services. This information could also help transportation agencies and fleet operators to manage crews and use resources as efficiently as possible.

Environmental Issues

Providing travelers with real-time information about traffic congestion and other travel conditions helps them make more informed decisions that can reduce the environmental impact of their trip. Informed travelers may decide to avoid congestion by taking alternate routes or public transit, or by rescheduling their trip — all of which can make their trip more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. The ability for vehicles to “talk to” the infrastructure could provide information to the vehicle operator so that he/she can drive through a traffic signal network at optimum speeds to reduce stopping.

Destinations of Connected Vehicle


In 2009, there were 5.5 million crashes, resulting in 33,808 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries. Our children and young people are particularly vulnerable. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for ages 3 through 34. Connected vehicle technologies provide the tools to make transformational improvements in safety – to significantly reduce the number of lives lost each year through connected vehicle crash prevention applications.


U.S. highway users waste 4.8 billion hours a year stuck in traffic – nearly one full work week (or vacation week) for every traveler. The overall cost (based on wasted fuel and lost productivity) reached $115 billion in 2009 – more than $808 for every U.S. traveler. Delays in Truck operations alone result in $33 billion. Connected vehicle mobility applications will enable system users and system operators to make choices that reduce travel delay.


The total amount of wasted fuel topped 3.9 billion gallons in 2009 according to the Texas Transportation Institute – 130 days of flow in the Alaska Pipeline (nearly a third of the year). Connected vehicle environmental applications will enable system users and system operators to make choices that reduce the environmental impacts of surface transportation travel. 


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