With increased connectivity between vehicles, sensors, systems, and mobile devices, unexpected and unparalleled amounts of data are being added to the transportation domain at a rapid rate. Within these pages, readers will find information related to the integration and management of data from connected vehicles and devices.
Connected vehicle technologies aim to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the surface transportation industry in the areas of safety, mobility, and environment. Connected vehicles could dramatically reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by crashes on roads and highways. Anonymous signals in connected vehicles will help generate new data about how, when, and where vehicles travel. Connected vehicle technologies will generate real-time data that drivers and transportation managers can use to make green transportation choices. 1
Data from connected vehicles have tremendous potential to offer new insights. This has the ability to identify unique solutions for delivering services and will fundamentally alter the transportation sector. However, the volume and speed at which these data are generated, processed, stored, and sought for analysis are unprecedented. They are too large, too varied in nature, and will change too quickly to be handled by the traditional database management systems of most transportation agencies. Instead, modern, flexible, and scalable “big data” methods to manage these data need to be adopted by transportation agencies if the data are to be used to facilitate better decision-making.
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- 1U.S. DOT. (n.d.). Connected Vehicle Basics. Retrieved July 3, 2020, from U.S. Department of Transportation: https://www.its.dot.gov/cv_basics/cv_basics_how_used.htm