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2021 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 978 Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Connected Vehicle Corridors Volume 1: Research Overview Noblis, Inc. Reston, VA w i t h ICF International, Inc. Fairfax, VA Neaera Consulting Fort Collins, CO Subscriber Categories Vehicles and Equipment â¢ Highways â¢ Operations and Trafc Management Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Ofcials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed, and implementable research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing state departments of transportation (DOTs) administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local or regional interest and can best be studied by state DOTs individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transporta- tion results in increasingly complex problems of wide interest to high- way authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS is research reported herein was performed under NCHRP Project 08-120 by Noblis, Inc., as the lead contractor with support from two subcontractors: ICF International, Inc., and Neaera Consulting. Barbara Staples, CSEP, PMP, Noblis, Inc., was the Principal Investigator. e other authors of this report are Nayel Urena Serulle, PhD (ICF International, Inc.); Tony English (Neaera Consulting); and James Chang, PhD, and Justin Anderson, CSEP, CISSP (Noblis, Inc.). Other project team members who made signicant contributions to the project are J.D. Schneeberger (formerly of Noblis, Inc.); Deepak Gopalakrishna (ICF International, Inc.); Peiwei Wang, PhD, Kathy ompson, and Linda Nana (Noblis, Inc.); and Robert Etter (ICF International, Inc.). e authors thank the project stakeholders who gave their time to respond to the project survey, partici- pate in interviews, and provide feedback at the conrmation and validation webinars. Without their input, the two research products could not have been developed, nor would they truly reect the rural connected vehicle practitioner community. e project team also acknowledges the tremendous amount of work con- ducted by the three connected vehicle Pilot sites, U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Oce (JPO), and FHWA to advance the state of practice of connected vehicle deployments. is research project drew on this previous research, development, and implementation. CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 978, VOLUME 1 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Camille Crichton-Sumners, Senior Program Ocer Tyler Smith, Senior Program Assistant Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor NCHRP PROJECT 08-120 PANEL Field of PlanningâArea of Planning Methods and Processes David L. Hu, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Pierre, SD (Chair) Ingrid L. Birenbaum, Moat & Nichol, Fort Lauderdale, FL Subasish Das, Texas A&M University, San Antonio, TX Nimish L. Dharmadhikari, Indian Nations Council of Governments, Tulsa, OK Eleheria Kontou, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL Parker OâBrien, Maine Department of Transportation, Augusta, ME Tim John Peters, Illinois Department of Transportation, Springeld, IL Derek Vollmer, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL Jon T. Obenberger, FHWA Liaison
NCHRP Research Report 978: Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Connected Vehicle Corridors provides state and local transportation agencies with a systems engineering approach for planning the integration of connected vehicle technologies along roadways in rural corridors. is report includes the nal report, a model concept of operations, a model system requirements specication, and context diagrams. ese documents will be of use to state and local agencies who are responsible for planning, installing, and ultimately maintain- ing connected vehicle technologies along rural corridors. Connected vehicle technology provides a wireless communication network that will allow vehicles to communicate safety and mobility information with other vehicles, personal communication devices, and critical transportation infrastructure appurtenances. State and local agencies recognize the need for long-term planning and the need to identify necessary resources for connected vehicle deployment; however, most pilot studies have focused on urban connected vehicle applications, overlooking the needs within rural corridors. For instance, consideration must be given to the existence of longer incident rerouting detours and the potential to encounter substandard roadway geometry or infrastructure. Under NCHRP Project 08-120, âInitiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Con- nected Vehicle Corridors,â Noblis, Inc., identified connected vehicle applications that are suitable for rural corridors and explained how they may be integrated into transporta- tion agenciesâ trac operations and management plans. A systems engineering approach was used to develop model concept of operations (ConOps) and model system requirements specication (SyRS) documents that will aid agencies responsible for rural corridors as they begin to assess their needs, operational concepts, scenarios, and requirements for connected vehicle technology deployment. Final deliverables available for immediate use include NCHRP Research Report 978: Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural Connected Vehicle Corridors, Volume 1: Research Overview; Volume 2: Model Concept of Operations; and Volume 3: Model System Requirements Specication as well as an accompanying PowerPoint presenta- tion that contains concept diagrams. ese deliverables can be found on the TRB website (www.trb.org) by searching for âNCHRP Research Report 978â. F O R E W O R D By Camille Crichton-Sumners Staff Ofcer Transportation Research Board 15946-00b_FM-4thPgs.indd 5 10/14/21 1:05 PM
1 Summary 3 Chapter 1 Introduction 3 1.1 Background 4 1.2 Research Objective 6 1.3 Purpose of is Report 6 1.4 Organization of Volume 1 of the Report 7 Chapter 2 Research Approach 7 2.1 Systems Engineering Approach 9 2.2 Literature Review 11 2.3 Stakeholder Engagement 14 Chapter 3 Findings from Literature Review and Stakeholder Engagement 14 3.1 Findings from Literature Review 15 3.2 Key Gaps and Challenges 15 3.3 Interview Findings 15 3.4 Webinar Feedback 22 Chapter 4 Rural Connected Vehicle Needs, Systems, and Applications Findings 22 4.1 Rural Connected Vehicle System 23 4.2 User Needs 24 4.3 Connected Vehicle Applications Relevant to Rural Corridors 25 4.4 Use Cases 32 Chapter 5 Model Documents 32 5.1 Audience and How to Use the Model Documents 33 5.2 Model Concept of Operations 35 5.3 Model System Requirements Specication 39 Chapter 6 Conclusions and Suggested Research 39 6.1 Conclusions 39 6.2 Suggested Research 42 References 43 Glossary 47 Acronyms and Abbreviations C O N T E N T S
A-1 Appendix A Stakeholder OutreachâSurvey B-1 Appendix B Stakeholdersâ Current Conditions and Critical Gaps and Challenges by Topic Area C-1 Appendix C Crosscutting Gaps and Challenges Note: Photographs, gures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. e electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.