State of Louisiana plans for connected and autonomous vehicles

The State of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has appointed consultancy firm Arcadis to provide technical support and facilitate planning for the arrival of connected and autonomous vehicles in the state.

The consultancy will keep the Louisiana DOTD up-to-date on industry trends, and explore the potential impact of connected and autonomous vehicles on the state’s highway infrastructure.

Marwan Abboud, senior vice president for Traffic, Planning and Intelligent Systems at Arcadis, said: “By analyzing the latest technologies, emerging policy and legal framework as well as evolving big data impacts, our smart mobility experts can generate comprehensive strategies to aid state departments of transportation in creating safer roadways for the future while synchronizing existing and new infrastructure with connected and autonomous vehicles.” 

As part of the multi-year contract, on which it will partner with California-based Iteris and Texas-based Alliance Transportation Group, Arcadis will develop an implementation plan for connected and autonomous vehicles with the Louisiana DOTD.

The consultancy will also perform analysis of intelligent transportation systems architecture and system engineering for connected and autonomous vehicles.

In addition, the firm will analyse emerging technologies, such as the connected technologies that will allow autonomous vehicles to communicate with each other and with surrounding infrastructure.