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April 15, 2008

DOT Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Request for Information

The US DOT has put out a request for information on potential business models for Vehicle Infrastructure Integration. Rather than rewrite the text, I'll just quote a portion of it:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is requesting information concerning potential business models for achieving the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) vision. The VII vision is predicated on the existence of ubiquitous, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle data communication capabilities, which will enable public and private user services to improve roadway safety and, also, enhance mobility, traffic operations, relieve congestion, lessen the environmental impacts of transportation, promote energy conservation, enable electronic payment of transportation-related fares, tolls, and parking fees, as well as allow for user access to the Internet from motor vehicles. Background information on VII is available at the U.S. DOT website,

It is proposed that Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) technology be used to build a smarter road network. The Federal government wants to deploy 150k to 250k of these locations throughout the country in order to get vehicle manufacturers to equip their vehicles with DSRC and end the chicken versus egg stalemate that currently exists.

The gist of the request is to figure out how this is going to be paid for and how it will make money for companies that supply or operate on the network. The deadline to respond is May 2, 2008. To read the full text go here:

and do an advanced search for "Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Business Model".

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