Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems in America: The FAST-TRAC Program 931839
Prior to 1991, there had been a lot of discussion about Intelligent Vehicle Highway systems (IVHS), but very little implementation action.
This changed dramatically with the formation of IVHS-AMERICA and the congressional passage of a $151 Billion, six-year Surface Transportation Bill.
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) allocates $200 Million annually for IVHS Operational Field Tests and Advanced Transportation System R&D.
Within this framework, Siemens has been awarded a Federal Grant to field test its Ali-Scout Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) in parallel with the test of an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) in Oakland County, Michigan. This project named FAST-TRAC, will cover approximately 200 square miles, with 100 infra-red beacon systems and up to 1000 vehicles. The ATMS will include 200-plus computer controlled traffic signals with video monitoring and vehicle detection video equipment. Test and evaluation is focused on measuring benefits related to improved traffic flow, reduced pollution, improved safety and the vehicle-driver interface. Additional synergistic benefits are expected by linking the ATMS and the ATIS software.
This paper will focus on the current project status and progress to date, as well as addressing early lessons learned.