MEDIA ADVISORY: UNH Hosts Demo of Technology to Enable Future Smart and Autonomous Vehicles in N.H.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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WHAT: The University of New Hampshire’s Connectivity Research Center (CRC), along with its industry partner Sebago Technics, will host a demonstration of vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity technology that is set to be installed in traffic signals at several intersections in Dover, N.H., later this year.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: UNH’s Connectivity Research Center, 21 Madbury Rd., Suite 100, Durham

BACKGROUND: The New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the City of Dover are co-sponsoring this research in response to an initiative called the Signal Phasing and Timing (SPaT) Challenge issued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Driver automation and vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity features are increasing in popularity, but vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity does not have the market or government mandate to facilitate its growth. The SPaT Challenge is intended to explore the existing technology options for vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity, lay the groundwork for future deployments, and demonstrate to the automobile industry that public infrastructure owners are committed to building the necessary infrastructure and entice them to move forward with these applications. AASHTO challenged all 50 states to deploy this type of technology by 2020. NHDOT and the City of Dover are the first in New England to accept this challenge. Following the demonstration, the technology will be installed at several busy intersections in Dover.

The UNH CRC specializes in wired and wireless network engineering, cyber security, and data communications. The UNH CRC was established to foster industry/university collaboration and research and development opportunities in the data communications, storage, and mobile spaces.

RSVP: Erika Mantz,; (603) 862-1567 

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