Our second PlugFest event was held in Southeastern Michigan, on March 12-13, 2014. Several more are planned for this year so be sure to put a PlugFest event on your calendar and stay tuned for more information about the agenda, process and venue. Please see the PlugFest schedule at the end of this newsletter.
“We are pleased to see growing participation from a cross-section of the connected vehicle community. Forty-five people attended the PlugFest training and testing sessions, with a fairly even mix of participation from automotive suppliers, wireless solution providers and transportation community. We couldn’t ask for a better representation of the community as we move forward. As we shift to the west coast in June, for the Palo Alto PlugFest, it will be great to see even larger participation from the Silicon Valley community”, according to Anna Giragosian, the Leidos PlugFest Coordinator for the USDOT.
Our thanks is extended to the Carrier and Gable team who provided an excellent testing venue at their Farmington Hills lab facility. Greg Krueger, the Leidos Connected Vehicle Program Manager adds, “Our focus with the PlugFest is to engage the community in the most effective and efficient process to support their development activities.
Ensuring interoperability and promoting an understanding of solutions through testing are our key goals. We are putting even greater focus on the testing activities as we move the training to a webinar format and extended the PlugFest from two days to two and half days.
At the last PlugFest we provided not only simulated intersections that broadcasted signal phase and timing, termed SPaT information, but also actual curve speed warning broadcasts. The Road-Side Units installed outside the testing facility broadcasted data to the participants. It was great to see the room filled with engineers monitoring and interacting with the data.”
We are striving to improve the PlugFest process and engage new developers.Frank Perry, Leidos Systems Engineer says, “We are continually adding more testing capabilities to the PlugFest. One important addition to this PlugFest was the testing of vehicle situation data. Many of us think that vehicle situation data, real-time data on the road conditions will transform the transportation system. For the first time at a PlugFest testers could interact with a round trip of data from the road-side to the “data warehouse” and back. We could test the security and robustness of the “data exchange” connection.”
Feed back that we received from the new participants:
“NextEnergy considers PlugFest as a critical activity to helping accelerate the development and commercialization of ITS Connected Vehicle technologies. We have convened collaborative partnerships to grow energy investment and job creation by accelerating technology development and commercialization. We see our participation as a great opportunity to apply our experience with electric vehicles and associated power infrastructure, communications, and connectivity options. We are inspired by the PlugFest community efforts and look forward to continuing our mission as an active participant and collaborative partner.”
Wayne Snyder, NextEnergy IT Program Manager
“The session provided excellent ramp-up for Autotalks participation in the coming Plugfest with its series-production-ready V2X solution. The opportunity to be educated directly by the USDOT and Leidos is incredible.”
Michael Blicher, Autotalks Business Development
“Brandmotion, a premier aftermarket supplier, sees unlimited opportunities emerging in these communication devices and networks. The PlugFest training and webinar allows us to understand the unique challenges of bringing the infrastructure together. The PlugFest’s interactive webinar worked flawlessly. The live chat feature made sure as a webinar participant our questions and comments were heard. We look forward to applying our aftermarket expertise to this exciting arena.”
Jon Grasso, Chief Engineer, BrandMotion