Signal Awareness Applications


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SAFE-D: Safety Through Disruption National University Transportation Center


Intersection collisions account for 40% of all crashes on U.S. roadways. It is estimated that 165,000 accidents, which result in approximately 800 fatalities annually, are due to vehicles that pass through intersections during red signal phases. Although infrastructure-based red-light violation countermeasures have been deployed, intersections remain a top location for vehicle crashes. The Virginia Department of Transportation and its research arm, the Virginia Transportation Research Council, partnered with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to create the Virginia Connected Corridors (VCC), a connected vehicle test bed located in Fairfax and Blacksburg, Virginia, that enables the development and assessment of early-stage connected and automated vehicle applications. Recently, new systems have been deployed that transmit position correction messages to support lane-level accuracy, enabling development of signal awareness applications such as red-light violation warning. This project enhances the current capabilities of VCC platforms by developing new signal awareness safety and mobility features. Additionally, this project investigated the technical and human factors constraints associated with user interfaces for notifying and alerting drivers to pertinent intersection-related information to curb unsafe driving behaviors at signalized intersections.



Virginia Connected Corridors, VCC, Intersection collisions, Signalized intersections, Driver notifications