16 Avenue N Connected Vehicle pilot project

Cities across the world, including Calgary, are exploring Connected Vehicle technology that will help them develop a multitude of applications to keep roads safe and efficient.

This technology can be used to provide safety messages for drivers, warnings to help them avoid collisions and information to help cities manage and prioritize traffic signal operations. It could also provide all road users with real-time, location-specific traffic information through their cellphones.

Project Scope and background

The City of Calgary has installed Connected Vehicle Equipment at 16 signalized intersections along 16 Avenue North. This number includes one test location and one lab location. On-board equipment was tested and installed in several City emergency vehicles during the spring of 2020. The 16 Avenue implementation will be used as a "test bed,” allowing The City to carefully test many applications of this technology.

These devices can communicate with drivers and pedestrians either through their car or phone. Messages can include everything from information that a light is turning red to warnings that a vehicle (equipped with the technology) is quickly approaching the intersection at a high rate of speed and may not stop.

As car manufacturers begin installing this type of equipment as a standard feature on vehicles, The City hopes to offer applications that will be beneficial for motorists using these devices.

To learn more, see our  Smart city story: Laying the groundwork for a safer and better connected road network for Calgarians.

Budget

In June 2018, Transport Canada provided funding to The City of Calgary to establish a connected vehicle pilot on 16 Avenue North. The Federal Government’s ACATS Program (Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System) contributed $290,000. The City of Calgary's contribution will be through in-kind labour.

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