Automated and Connected Vehicles

Regional Automated Transportation News

(8/31/2018) Texas Mobility Summit Coming to Arlington
The Texas Innovation Alliance is holding its third annual Texas Mobility Summit in Arlington, October 28-30, 2018.  Register HERE, or learn about partnership opportunities HERE.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments, in partnership with the city of Arlington and metro regions across the state are coming together to address common mobility challenges, showcase active and shovel-ready projects, and open the door to public-private partnership opportunities. 

We invite you to join us, alongside teams of transportation agencies, research institutions, industry thought leaders, and policymakers in advancing Texas’ transportation future.

(6/21/2018) Texas Moving Ahead With Automated Vehicles
The Houston-Galveston Area Council Announces the Texas Statewide Automated Vehicle Procurement (navigate to "July" tab and find item "AV-18.“  (Deadline: 7/12/18)  Read about it HERE.
Houston Metro Releases Autonomous Vehicle Pilot RFP
(Deadline: 7/13/18) Read about it HERE.

Arlington Opens Its Doors Automated Robotic Delivery Services. 
Read about it HERE.

Arlington City Council Approves Procurement for On-Street Automated Vehicle Service (Deadline: 7/19/18) Read about it HERE.

Texas Connected Freight Corridors Project Seeks to Implement Suite of Solutions to Enhance Texas Freight and Logistics Ecosystem (Deadline: July 20, 2018)

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NCTCOG seeks to advance the development and deployment of transportation technologies that will deliver safer and more efficient transportation for the North Texas region. This technology includes vehicle automation, such as autonomous vehicles, and technologies that will provide improved real-time information to drivers and vehicles in North Texas.

Through smart use of transportation technology, North Texas may be able to squeeze more value out of its transportation assets, improving the economy and the quality of life in the region.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) coordinates with cities, counties and transportation partners to plan for transportation improvements in the future of North Texas.

NCTCOG considers automated transportation solutions part of the region's long-term transportation strategy. 

Public transit officials and other interested parties enjoyed a demonstration ride on Milo, the low-speed, battery-powered autonomous vehicle, leased by the City of Arlington.  Attendees also participated in a group discussion on the implications of autonomous vehicles for public transit. The City of Arlington's website has more information about Milo.    


In 2016, motor vehicle-related crashes on U.S. highways claimed 37,461 lives . Our research tells us that 94 percent of serious crashes are due to dangerous choices or errors people make behind the wheel. NHTSA and our State partners have worked for decades to help drivers make safer choices – to wear seat belts on every trip, to avoid driving intoxicated, drowsy, or distracted – but people still make those choices and still crash. Driver assistance technologies seek to address these errors and save lives.

For more information on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's commitment to Automated Vehicle Technology, visit Automated Vehicles for Safety.
Source: US Department of Transportation

What We're Doing


Grant Programs


Traffic Signal Data Sharing Program

This program aims to assist local governments create a more connected traffic signal system.  The maximum amount for this grant, per applicant, is $25,000. If applicable, focus on improving a Route of Significance (list and map) within your jurisdiction.  Additionally, this solution should generate data that you are able, and willing, to share with outside entities (such as neighboring municipalities, NCTCOG, travel application developers, 911 call centers, etc.).


511DFW/Waze Program

This solution should try to connect your road closure and major event information to Waze.  We include 511DFW here because we’d like to see entities inputting their traffic information into 511DFW because 511 is already connected to Waze, providing a feed of traffic information.    Preference is given to solutions that focus on incorporating 911 call centers into this data sharing effort with Waze and 511DFW.  This grant also caps at $25,000 per applicant. 

Contacts: Tom Bamonte,  Clint Hail 


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