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Battelle to Perform 4.1M Project for Minnesota Department of Transportation

Posted on Apr 20, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH., 20 April, 2011—Battelle will conduct a $4.1 million demonstration project for Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) that will use commercial off-the-shelf technology to determine the feasibility of replacing the gasoline fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee.

Battelle’s Transportation group has years of extensive experience in conducting such studies and is part of the organization’s National Security Global Business. It will conduct the project as part of the National Connected Vehicle Program, which is a Federal Department of Transportation initiative to use technology to improve safety, mobility, and information sharing between vehicles and roadside equipment.

Minnesota’s Road Fee Test project will be another in a series of technology demonstrations that are being conducted as a part of this federal program. The Battelle project will include designing, building and testing new software applications that will run on cellular smart phones that utilize global positioning system (GPS) to determine location, heading, speed, etc.  The GPS display may be mounted on the dashboard of any vehicle.

“Conducting this program is in the sweet spot for Battelle,” said Ben Pierce, Battelle’s Project Manager. “If the project goes as planned, the state of Minnesota will demonstrate that a commercially available device can be used to collect a miles-based user fee, and that these devices also can provide benefits for both drivers and others who interact with them.”

Battelle will develop the software and necessary hardware to support the deployment of 500 in-vehicle devices to Minnesota volunteers for a one-year deployment trial.  This trial will be used to test the software applications and quantify the full range of policy, institutional, and technological issues that need to be addressed if these applications are to be fully deployed across Minnesota. 

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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Office: 1.614.424.7208

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Office: 1.614.424.5544