Towards a Connected Bicycle to Communicate with Vehicles and Infrastructure

Jenkins, M., Duggan, D., and Negri, A.

Presented at the 2017 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA), Savannah, GA (March 2017)

The Connected Vehicles (CV) program is a multimodal US Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative that enables safer, smarter, and greener surface transportation using dedicated wireless communication technology. Although significant efforts are being made to bring motor vehicles and transportation infrastructure onto this connected network, bicycles have been largely overlooked. Bringing cyclists onto this network will enable other connected vehicles and infrastructure to be aware of their presence, and allow cyclists to take advantage of the safety and transportation benefits of receiving information from other connected entities. To connect bicycles, we are designing a prototype Multimodal Alerting Interface with Networked Short-Range Transmissions (MAIN-ST). MAIN-ST brings cyclists onto the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) networks (collectively V2X) to enable a suite of safe cycling capabilities. This paper describes our progress accomplished over a 6-month period, and documents the feasibility of the MAIN-ST technology approach.

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