Tampa offers first demo of its connected vehicle technology project, launching with 1,600 cars in 2018

The project involves outfitting a fleet of 1,600 privately owned vehicles with technology that will communicate with roadways and other cars in order to receive various warnings and alerts about roadway conditions, speed limit changes, dangers and more.
The project also will connect 10 buses in the area to communicate with traffic signals, which will then prioritize the buses’ movements so they can stay on schedule. Ten streetcars will use the technology to detect when another connected vehicle is about to cross their tracks, in order reduce the chance of collisions.
An accompanying app for 500 pedestrian testers will be a part of the project, too, but was not on display today. This app will issue “walk” alerts at various intersections and will audibly signal if a bus or streetcar begins moving nearby.