Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Creating a Smart Connected Corridor to Support Research into Connected and Automated Vehicles



As Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies rapidly advance from concept to in-vehicle testing, real-world testbeds equipped with the appropriate technologies to support testing of these vehicles is a requirement. Testing must occur on multiple fronts, including communications and safety, to fully explore and vet the non-traditional methods these vehicles will use for communication as well as understanding the potential benefits of these approaches. While the testbed must be equipped with traditional ITS monitoring equipment, and the new infrastructure elements to support CAV applications, it should also be designed a flexible and extensible environment to support future needs. Within such a testbed, research questions concerning system design and safety application development issues can be addressed. This research project will first define the needs and requirements for a CAV testbed, plan, procure, and deploy the baseline equipment, and demonstrate testing capabilities for CAV safety applications.

Project Highlights

  • The project was successful in defining needs and requirements, establishing a plan that was approved by all operating agencies, and securing initial funding. Ultimately, the testbed was not constructed due primarily to challenges due to COVID-19, including supply chain procurements and cost increases.
  • User needs development for smart corridor
  • Detailed deployment planning for smart corridor

Final Report

Final Report TTI-01-02

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Project ended due to COVID-19 challenges


Project ended due to COVID-19 challenges

Research Investigators (PI*)

Robert Brydia (TTI/TAMU)*
Leonard Ruback (TTI/TAMU)
Dan Middleton (TTI/TAMU)

Project Information

Start Date: 2018-09-01
End Date: 2020-08-31
Status: Completed
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $340,744
Source Organization: State Farm of Texas, Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: TTI-01-02

Safe-D Theme Areas

Automated Vehicles
Connected Vehicles

Safe-D Application Areas

Infrastructure Technology
Operations and Design
Vehicle 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

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3135