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DOT Plans $45 Million Grant for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Research

The U.S.

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation says it intends to grant about $45 million to the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) to develop so-called vehicle-to-infrastructure (v2i) safety systems.

CAMP, which is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., was launched in 1995 by General Motors and Ford. The consortium of carmakers and suppliers aims to speed industry development of “connected vehicle” crash avoidance systems that tap safety-related data from the roadside.

The DOT grant will fund a five-year, pre-competitive initiative to set priorities, develop technology, create test procedures, produce prototypes and recommend government action on systems that go beyond in-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Example v2i applications include school zone and curve speed warnings and GPS-based driver aids.

The agency expects to finalize the grant in about two weeks. Specific CAMP projects require the approval of DOT’s Federal Highway Administration.