January 18, 2017 -- Because partnerships and collaboration will be key to success in ongoing development of connected and automated vehicles, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will join other states, academic institutions and others to form a Smart Belt Coalition (SBC).
"This initiative highlights the collaboration we know will be necessary as mobility evolves at an exponential pace," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Working closely with our colleagues in neighboring states will pay dividends for all of us while we continue to leverage our existing partnerships with universities and the American Center for Mobility."
The SBC was formed to:
The SBC membership comprises the following transportation agencies and universities:
Michigan: MDOT, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the American Center for Mobility.
Ohio: The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, Ohio State University, and the Transportation Research Center.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Carnegie Mellon University.
The SBC has met several times in 2016 and will officially formalize their partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the coming months. Currently, the coalition is preparing a strategic plan, which focuses on connected and automated applications in work zones, traffic incident management and commercial freight.