InTrans / Sep 24, 2019

InTrans to collaborate with NADS on $7M grant to connect rural Iowa

The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) will be a key partner with the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) as it invests federal funds in safely integrating automated driving systems in rural Iowa.

NADS recently was awarded more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement its demonstration program to connect rural, transportation-challenged populations in Iowa. InTrans is one of four partners that will work with the University of Iowa on developing the connected system.

InTrans will assist on roadway infrastructure applications and data aspects of the Automated Driving Systems for Rural America project, including signal phasing and timing (SPaT) intersections and other vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. Associate Director Neal Hawkins will lead InTrans’ support for the project.

The University of Iowa project will implement a demonstration project focused on rural transportation systems, where a disproportionate amount of traffic fatalities occur.

The project’s goals are improving safety, addressing disparities, and enhancing mobility. The study focus area will be a 40+ mile loop in eastern Iowa that includes Iowa City and surrounding rural areas and small towns with an aging population.

InTrans and NADS, along with the Iowa DOT, have a history of collaboration, particularly in the area of developing practical advanced vehicle driving strategies in Iowa through infrastructure and high-definition (HD) mapping efforts.

The Iowa award is one of eight projects that received federal grant funding to test the integration of automated vehicles into the national transportation system while ensuring safety, security, and privacy concerns are addressed. Visit this site to learn more about the projects.