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- Sep 17, 2011
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That is a LOOOONG way off.
"Connected Vehicle" is a huge buzz-term in the industry.
The problem is, we aren't even at the stage of VHS/Betamax yet.
There are no solid definitions, there are no legislated standards. EVERYTHING is proprietary.
And infrastructure upgrades to support it are not cheap.
A traffic signal controller costs about $3000 for the CPU and local software. That is JUST the processor that controls the lights locally and does not include ancillary hardware.
That has to be connected to the communications hub via fiber or wireless.
The server running at the traffic management center needs to be running software that supports the system deployed in the field.
These systems are generally not compatible from city to city.
The city I work for, neighboring Los Angeles, is one of the more technically advanced cities in the area, and we are still running on a server that was configured in 2013 using software that was ported from a 1990s design.
The majority of our 200 intersections are still running 8-bit processors.
We would be looking at an investment of over 2 million just to upgrade our hardware and software to the current "latest and greatest". Fortunately, we already have gigabit fiber communication to all of our controllers.
An agency as large as Los Angeles with over 4,000 intersections would be looking at billions for a similar upgrade.
Right now, the closest thing to "connected vehicle" that exists... and this is on the newest of central systems... is the driver's app can be given a 4-second countdown to when they will get a green light when they are waiting at a red.
The last 3 times a sales rep came to our TMC to demonstrate the system, none of the systems in operation that he was able to log in to were more than 10% functional, and the intersections that were reporting data were inconsistent.
There is currently nothing in development (for private vehicles) beyond the stage of "it would be nice if we could" beyond that.
Yes they are....GM is building a huge city scape to test this at an airport near me.....the old B-24 plant at willow Run Airport / that was turned into a car production plant and was just recently razed for this this project....they are going to work out the bugs....they are looking into the feasibility of completely changing the infrastructure of a cityscape over time.....It wont / Cant be one big upgrade......It will be in phases