Providing online interactive advanced
transportation training and education

Connected Vehicles 101

Length: Approximately four hours


The connected vehicle research being sponsored by U.S. DOT is moving from research to reality. The connected vehicle concept leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener. Connected vehicles will ultimately enhance the mobility and quality of life of all Americans, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation. As we move towards implementation, we are developing a better understanding of how the connected vehicle infrastructure will be deployed and operated. A number of states have gained valuable experience in what it means to deploy connected vehicle application(s) in the field through their participation in ITS test beds.
This introductory course targets transportation planners, managers, and engineers at state and local agency levels, who are interested in learning more about the Connected Vehicle Program and its benefits and implications for public agencies. Participants will learn about the safety, mobility and environmental applications envisioned for the connected vehicle environment. They will gain an overview of the infrastructure requirements being developed, including communication standards, and operations and maintenance implications, and upcoming policy decisions. Lastly, they will be made aware of recent activities being supported by the ITS Joint Program Office and how they too can become involved by considering how vehicle to infrastructure communications and applications could be used to solve their problems.


Upon completion of the course, participants will understand:

  • What is meant by “connected” vehicles?
  • What are the terms/jargon related to connected vehicles?
  • What technology is used for connected vehicles?
  • Which applications are available for connected vehicles? What is the pertinent USDOT research related to connected vehicles, including applications and technologies?
  • What issues may you face in preparing for connected vehicle implementation?
  • How can you become or stay involved?




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