Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Introduction to Communications in Transportation


As new intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication systems and protocols continue to emerge, additional training on those systems and protocols is needed for personnel working in the transportation sector. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has already created a training program focusing on general topics pertaining to connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), and they have recently identified a need for a more specific program focusing on communication technologies as they relate to CAVs. To address this need, VTTI plans to develop a 60-minute training course that includes a narrated PowerPoint presentation in conjunction with learning assessments. This training will cover high-level overviews of various types of communications, main use cases for each type of communication, vocabulary, and key protocols currently being utilized by industry owner-operators (IOOs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and industry technology providers.

Project Highlights

This project developed a training program that provides a high-level overview of the types of communications that support intelligent transportation systems, traffic management, and connected vehicle environments including descriptions of the communication technologies, protocols, performance metrics, use cases, and data security. 

The developed training will be utilized by VDOT and VTRC. These training materials are also available to students and the general public. 

Final Report

VTTI-06-008 Final Report

EWD & T2 Products


2/02/2022 VTRC/VDOT Workshop/Meeting – Communication Training Materials Overview Discussion and Development

4/20/2022 VTRC/VDOT Bi-Weekly Meeting – Communication Training Materials Overview Discussion and Development

Final Dataset

This project did not generate any data.

Research Investigators (PI*)

Mike Mollenhauer (VTTI)*
Sarah Robinson (VTTI/VT)
Jean Paul Talledo Vilela (VTTI/VT)
Will Vaughan (VTTI/VT)

Project Information

Start Date: 2021-11-25
End Date: 2022-08-31
Status: Completed
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $25,000
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 06-008

Safe-D Theme Areas

Automated Vehicles
Connected Vehicles

Safe-D Application Areas

Vehicle Technology
Infrastructure Technology

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061