The contractor shall acquire and support the instrumentation of two new vehicles that would enable Federal Highway Administration research staff, and other Saxton Laboratory users, to conduct vehicle performance and system testing at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. These new vehicles shall be designed with a cooperative adaptive cruise control system that will enable research to quantify the benefits of this concept. These vehicles are to be designed specifically for Federal Highway Administration to have electronic throttle and braking subsystem controls. This shall provide an experimenter with the ability to control a vehicle's acceleration and deceleration through an onboard controller. Enabling vehicle-to-vehicle communications through cooperative adaptive cruise control will allow researchers to conduct experiments on the benefits of this system.
- Develop a design concept for platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
- Design engineering specifications for a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
- Design instrumentation for and test a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.