CAV Technology

As technology continues to rapidly evolve, travelers have grown accustomed to and now expect real-time information that will allow them to make informed decisions.

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are vehicles equipped with advanced sensors (radar, LIDAR, cameras, etc.) and computing abilities to perceive surroundings and activate steering, braking, and acceleration actions without operator input. Through the use of AV and CV applications, safety and mobility for all modes of travel will improve.

The connected vehicle initiative uses leading edge technologies to quickly identify roadway hazards and alert drivers. Among others, these technologies include:

  • Wireless Communications
  • Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT)
  • Roadside Units
  • On-Board Units
  • Freight Signal Priority
  • Transit Signal Priority
  • Emergency Vehicle Preemption
  • Vehicle Sensors
  • Global Positioning System Navigation


FDOT’s Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory (TERL) works with the RSU providers and check the devices for compliance with the RSU Developmental Specification to include in the FDOT’s Innovative Product List. The details on the TERL’s procures can be found here.

FDOT has a testing facility at SunTrax for the industry partners to test their systems and technologies in a controlled real-world environment.

FDOT has also partnered with the University of Florida on Implementing Solutions from Transportation Research and Evaluation of Emerging Technologies (I-STREET Program): click here to view the I-STREET partnership. I-STREET is designed to assist in implementing emerging technologies aimed at safety and mobility improvements.

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Gainesville Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) Trapezium Project Overview

FDOT has partnered with the City of Gainesville to deploy connected vehicle technologies and applications on four roads around the University of Florida’s campus to test the effectiveness of connected vehicle technologies to improve travel time, safety, and vehicle throughput. This project also includes bicyclist and pedestrian safety components. Learn more about this exciting project in this brief overview video.

Computer Based Training (CBT)

The CAV program developed  Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Training Course CBT.

Last updated: June 2022