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10th EAI International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities

June 24–25, 2015 | Vancouver, Canada



The US Department of Transportation’s Affiliated Testbed Program: Paving the Way for a Connected Vehicle Future

Daniel J. Dailey Ph.D.


Dept. of Electrical Engineering

University of Washington


Connected Vehicle technology has been in development for over a decade. Its widespread deployment is imminent as both lawmakers and planners refine their vision of a common technology that can improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion, simplify commercial vehicle operations and support emerging autonomous/automated vehicles. The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has organized an affiliation of 5.9GHz DSRC infrastructure device makers, operators of vehicle to infrastructure (V-I) installations, and developers of applications that use V-I communications under its Affiliated Test Bed program. Here. we review recent results and lessons learned concerning the impact of cooperation between infrastructure and connected-automated vehicles.



Dr. Daniel J. Dailey is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.  He  serves as the Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems program in the College of Engineering.  He has published technical articles on many topics including: GIS, GPS, distributed computing, modeling of stochastic processes, computer vision, traffic operations, traffic theory, connected-automated vehicles,  and ITS systems as well as distance learning.  He is coauthor of a book titled "Wireless Communication for Intelligent Transportation Systems," and is a past president of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation  Systems Society where he is currently Vice President.  He is presently  a visiting Professor with the USDOT Turner Fairbank Transportation Research Center, in Washington DC, where he is leading experimental research on the technology, impact and mobility benefits of cooperation between infrastructure and connected-automated vehicles.







The AURORA Connected Vehicle Technology Testbed - Realizing the Connected Vehicle Technology Vision in a Canadian Context 


David G. Michelson

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Connected vehicle test beds will play a critical role in helping regulators, researchers, and developers realize the vision of next generation Intelligent Transportation Systems. ACTIVE, a connected vehicle operations testbed based at the University of Alberta, and AURORA, a connected vehicle technology test bed based at the University of British Columbia, were funded by Transport Canada to support Canadian contributions to the North American connected vehicle initiative. From the beginning, AURORA was intended to serve as a national resource that supports a wide range of connected vehicle technology research with DSRC/WAVE technology comprising only an imoortant subset. Here, we share some of the challenges associated with defining and implementing such a testbed and our successes to date as we seek to realize that vision. Finally, we suggest ways in which the TridentCom community can both contribute to and benefit from AURORA.


David G. Michelson is with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he leads the Radio Science Lab and serves as Co-Director of the AURORA Connected Vehicles Technology Testbed.  He is a member of the Boards of Governors of the IEEE Communications and Vehicular Technology Societies, a member of the IEEE VT-S Connected Vehicles Initiative, and Chair of Commission F - Radiowave Propagation and Remote Sensing - of the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He served as General Co-Chair of the 2014 Fall edition of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference and is currently serving as General Co-Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting.