The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) invited Toyota team members and their families to the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE), a connected vehicle test environment for the DSRC 5.9 GHz V2X technology that operates throughout the city of Ann Arbor. Toyota began inviting its more than 1800 R&D team members and their families who live and work in Washtenaw County to have their vehicles equipped with the latest DSRC 5.9 GHz V2X technology connected vehicle systems.
 
Connected vehicle safety technology (DSRC 5.9 GHz V2X) allows vehicles to communicate wirelessly with other similarly equipped vehicles, and to communicate wirelessly with the infrastructure. Earlier this year, Toyota and Lexus announced plans to deploy dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) systems on vehicles sold in the U.S. starting in 2021.
 
“We believe this represents a significant step forward in creating a safer and more efficient driving ecosystem while advancing connected and automated technology,” said Wayne Powell, Vice President Electronics Systems at Toyota Motor North America.
  
“Ann Arbor is an international hub for connected vehicle technology and research, and it has everything to do with the community,” said James R. Sayer, Director of UMTRI. “This deployment allows us to gather data critical to advancing transportation safety. A fully operational deployment enables UMTRI to conduct $3-5M in research a year, making it a significant living laboratory.” 
 
To date, $50M has been invested in connected vehicles and infrastructure in Ann Arbor, beginning with the $30M Safety Pilot DSRC 5.9 GHz V2X technology Model Deployment, launched in 2012 by UMTRI and the U.S. DOT. AACVTE funding partners include the U-M (UMTRI, Mcity), the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), the City of Ann Arbor, and other program partners and suppliers. 
 
In addition to Toyota employees, UMTRI said it is inviting all community members to get connected.

To learn more about this technology, email connectedvehicle@umich.edu.