Clemson Research with Connected Vehicle Technologies

November 5, 2015

The ever-increasing congestion along major corridors and cities both here and abroad has hindered global economic progress and quality of life. Moreover, more than 32,000 people die from traffic crashes alone in the US each year. Connected vehicle technologies show a great promise in reducing these problems, while enhancing the transportation system performance. A team of researchers from Clemson University led by Dr. Ronnie Chowdhury recently demonstrated cutting edge connected vehicle technologies and applications at the ITS Carolinas Annual Meeting held in Charlotte, NC on September 14-15, 2015. Hundreds of ITS Carolinas members attended the demonstration and experienced first-hand the state-of-the-art connected vehicle applications. The demonstration received extensive media coverage and featured by WCCB Charlotte. In this demonstration, Dr. Chowdhury and his team used multiple wireless communication technologies: dedicated short range communication (DSRC), cellular and Wi-Fi for three connected vehicle applications (i.e., collision warning, queue warning, and traffic data collection). The Clemson team showed a novel concept, in which these communication technologies seamlessly integrated based on the requirement of the applications demonstrated.