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Connected Vehicles

What Are Connected Vehicles?

Connected vehicles have the potential to make Oregon roads much safer by providing information such as warning messages to prevent collisions. Connected vehicles send and receive messages to other vehicles, wireless devices and infrastructure such as traffic signals and road side units.

Why Do We Need This Technology?

Human error is a critical factor in most crashes. The majority of crashes are caused by recognition errors where drivers are not paying attention to the road or cars around them, or decision errors such as speeding, following too close or other unsafe maneuvers. Connected vehicles could help warn drivers about objects and vehicles they cannot see, adverse road or weather conditions, slowing traffic, work zones or other information that could help them recognize and respond to hazards.

Related Links

ODOT's automated vehicles program

Michigan Department of Transportation connected vehicles program


Connected vehicles in an intersection 
Image courtesy of USDOT


Contact Us

Andrew Dick, program advisor


Sarah Kelber, public information rep.


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