Announcements << Solicitation for Highway Capacity Manual for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Pooled Fund Study

Tom Creaseyby Tom Creasey at 2/16/2018 4:48 AM PST
On behalf of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) adjustment factors for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) pooled fund study TPF-5(371), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is soliciting the services of a consultant to conduct a research study which will create several simulation scenarios to determine capacity adjustment factors for CAV. In addition to Oregon, the following states are involved in the pooled fund: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

Bid documents will be available for download starting Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00am PST at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome?language=En, bids must be received no later than Monday, March 19th 2018 at 4:30pm PST. The solicitation number is 730-33122-18.

The research objectives of this project are to develop the highway capacity adjustments for CAVs at different levels of volume and market penetration in order to adapt the use of the HCM in analyzing CAV applications. The major highlight of this project is the project team working closely with Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) through an iteratively updating and revising process.

The major approach for this problem is through an “agent-based” (vehicle and driver behavior should be fully customizable) scenario simulation planning framework and through simulation tools in which the CAV and non-CAV behavior are coded differently. The interactions among and beyond CAVs and non-CAVs are specified in details in the simulation scenarios. It is important to note that this research intends to focus on CAV and not Connected Vehicles (CV) nor Autonomous Vehicles (AV). This is because CV and AV on their own are not anticipated to greatly impact highway capacity. Significant capacity gains are only anticipated when both vehicles are automated (driven by computer) and connected (computer driven vehicles coordinating and optimizing with one another).

The expected products of this research are highway capacity adjustment lookup tables and figures for different facilities (freeway, arterials) at different levels of CAV market penetration. This project is designed to address the limitations identified with respect to the CAV effects in HCM analysis procedures. It is anticipated that the project team and the project TAC will work closely regarding the iterative nature of assumptions and results associated with the defined scenarios to ensure the usefulness of the project products for agency operational and planning readiness. The project team is also expected to be receptive to relevant research elsewhere and what new CAV advancements could possibly emerge over the project period.

The proposer shall:
• Demonstrate a clear and concise understanding of the tasks being requested.
• Describe their firm’s structure and how that structure aids in the delivery of services for this solicitation.
• Describe methods of coordinating and expediting the project to meet schedule and your approach to adjusting level of effort to meet a schedule and stay in budget.
• Provide a concise summary of your firm’s quality control procedures and policies.
• Demonstrate your firm’s experience on similar projects.
• Demonstrate capability to complete the requested service.

The expected cost range is $200,000 to $225,000

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tony Knudson, Research Coordinator
Oregon Dept. of Transportation
555 13th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
(503)986-2848

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