Interstate 80 (I-80) runs 402 miles along Wyoming’s southern border and is an essential east-west connector for freight and passenger travel. The corridor averages more than 32 million tons of freight deliveries each year.
A lack of alternate routes means truck volume can reach as much as 70 percent during seasonal peaks.
Wyoming’s extreme weather—including blowing snow in winter and fog and high winds in summer—create dangerous conditions for drivers on I-80.
WYDOT is doing something about it.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) selected Wyoming as one of three locations to test and deploy advanced dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) technology to improve safety and mobility.
In the Connected Vehicle Pilot, WYDOT will use vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) connectivity to improve monitoring and reporting of road conditions to vehicles on I-80.
The V2V, V2I, and I2V applications developed by WYDOT will support a flexible range of services. Information from these applications will be made available directly to fleets participating in the pilot or through WYDOT’s traveler information resources.
Sponsored by the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is a national effort to deploy, test, and operationalize cutting-edge mobile and roadside technologies and enable multiple connected vehicle applications.
In September 2015, USDOT awarded three cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to three sites for regional connected vehicle pilots:
The locations were selected in a competitive process to go beyond traditional vehicle technologies to help drivers better use roadways, relieve stress caused by bottlenecks, and communicate with pedestrians. For more information, please visit USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program website.