Programs

Projects in Motion

ACTION AREA: Transport

TIMING: TBD

HYPERLOOP

Hyperloop could revolutionize how people and goods move, traveling at speeds of up to 700 mph. Now, as one of the 10 winners of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest Hyperloop routes in the world, Colorado is getting closer to the reality of a full-scale Hyperloop system. Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, supported by AECOM, will enter a public private partnership to begin a feasibility study that considers a Front Range route from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 and fielded thousands of applications from more than 100 countries over six continents. The winning teams and routes were chosen based on specific criteria including well-defined routes, implementation strategies, key stakeholder involvement, and innovative and creative applications of a Hyperloop system.

With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Hyperloop One made history this summer with the successful completion of the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop test, achieving record speeds.

Learn more about Hyperloop One and the Colorado route:

ACTION AREA: COMMUTING

TIMING: FALL 2017

SMART 25: Ridgegate to University

Colorado will be doing a significant software- and traffic-sensor upgrade to the aging traffic management and ramp-metering systems on the highway. This hyper-smart system will help to better manage the flow with vehicles, which could have the result of effectively adding a new lane on I-25 at a fraction of the cost.

The result?

  • Fewer crashes
  • More reliable trips and travel times
  • Reduction in stop-and-go traffic
  • More efficient flow of traffic without expanding the roadway

ACTION AREA: SUSTAINABILITY

TIMING: WINTER 2016

COLORADO ENERGY OFFICE/NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY PARTNERSHIP

RoadX is partnering with the Colorado Energy Office and NREL to develop a map of proposed Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the state.

  • Developing guidance supported and endorsed by all groups will allow CDOT, the Colorado Energy Office and NREL to pool and seek funds with a shared vision on how they should be used.
  • This guidance will be a framework for planning, budgeting and delivering EV charging stations throughout the state—with the objective to reduce "range anxiety" by those contemplating getting an EV.

ACTION AREA: TRANSPORT

TIMING: WINTER 2016

PHASE 1: Smart Truck Parking (Pre-Pass, Cellular and DSRC)

Using detection and cloud-based software that understands and can report available parking spots to truckers will improve:

  • Truckers' time and fuel consumption.
  • Excess wear and tear on Colorado's roadways.
  • Excess pollution.

The first phase of this project will integrate six existing parking facilities into the Smart Truck Parking System.

ACTION AREA: TRANSPORT

TIMING: FALL 2016

Colorado (Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and Department of Revenue) partnered with Otto of Uber to complete the world’s first commercial delivery by a self-driving truck. This approximately 120-mile demonstration of self-driving technology in the real-world environment of Colorado is a monumental next step in advancing safety solutions that will help Colorado move toward zero deaths on our roadways. Colorado is enthusiastic about working with Otto and others on:

  • The long-term impacts and benefits of safely deploying this technology to enhance safety.
  • Improving environmental impacts of highway freight.
  • Foster the economic benefits advanced driving technologies are poised to bring to freight delivery and our state.

ACTION AREA: SAFETY

TIMING: TBD

SMART PAVEMENT: Striping Improvements

CDOT will improve the reflectivity and durability of roadway pavement markings throughout major corridors in the state, allowing vehicles to better use these markings for guidance and lane designations.

ACTION AREA: CONNECTION

TIMING: WINTER 2016

SMART 70 PROJECT

CDOT has partnered with an international mapping firm, HERE, to provide drivers the most real-time data possible to allow them to make better decisions when traveling through the mountains.

The SMART 70 Project will establish a robust communication system along the I-70 Mountain Corridor to provide drivers, and ultimately self-driving vehicles, with real-time information about road conditions such as traffic delays, icy conditions and crashes. The initial phases of the Smart 70 project will focus on transforming vehicles commuting on I-70 into “connected vehicles” that can send and receive information to drivers about road conditions from other vehicles, CDOT systems and sensors installed along the roadway. 

ACTION AREA: CONNECTION

ONGOING

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has partnered with Panasonic to build an ecosystem for connected transportation where smart vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and infrastructure share instantaneous data and information about road and safety conditions, eventually:

  • Reducing crashes by 80 percent.
  • Quadrupling the capacity of our highways.
  • Dramatically improving travel time reliability.

In fewer than 10 years, it's expected that up to 4 million vehicles in Colorado will be "talking" to each other and to the roadway infrastructure. Panasonic and CDOT are poised to build a connected-transportation system and data platform that promises to be the most replicable and impactful of its kind in the United States.

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