Honda and Toyota collaborate in a connected-vehicle pilot program in Tampa, Florida. Since September 2015, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has been working with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Connected Vehicle Pilot site. The next step in the Connected Vehicle space is to begin working with the auto industry manufacturers.  To that end, THEA is proud to announce that it is collaborating with Honda R&D Americas, LLC, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Toyota Motor North America to deploy vehicles with connected vehicle technology already installed. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) vehicles and hardware provide the next evolution of delivering safer transportation.

The authority has worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation since 2015 as a connected-vehicle pilot web site. The authority has been conducting its checks in downtown Tampa by including Wi-Fi know-how to buses, streetcars and the automobiles of greater than 1,000 volunteers. Now, working with automakers, it will deploy automobiles already geared up with connectivity options.

“Through connected vehicle and infrastructure deployment like our Smart Intersection technology in Ohio, Honda has gained an understanding of the early benefit of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) from the infrastructure side,” said Sue Bai, Chief Engineer, Automobile Technology Research Division, Honda. “The Tampa CV Pilot offers another great opportunity to collaborate with government entities and road operators to expand V2X deployment and help bring safety and mobility benefits to our customers and society sooner, ultimately working toward Honda’s vision for a collision-free society.”

“Toyota is excited to support the V2X deployment initiative in Tampa because the achievement of cooperative transportation systems, with V2X technologies, is important for creating a more safe and eco-friendly mobility future,” said Jeff Makarewicz, Group Vice President — Advanced Mobility Research & Development, Toyota Motor North America.