Motor City Plugfest

May 07, 2018 11:00 am

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Join us May 7-11 for OmniAir Consortium’s Motor City Plugfest and Connected Vehicle Workshop, in Michigan.  This year’s Plugfest will be bigger and better than ever! OmniAir is partnering with Intertek, to host the event at their testing facility in Plymouth.  Field testing will take place at the American Center for Mobility‘s Willow Run test track in Ypsilanti.

What to Expect

The week starts off with a one-day workshop and reception, featuring leading government and industry experts–discussing policy, technical, and operational issues related to Connected and Automated Vehicle transportation environment leading toward conformance / interoperability and trusted device communications.  This will be followed by 4 days of intensive bench and field testing–with testing stations operated by leading test laboratories and test tool providers and parallel educational/informational sessions.

At OmniAir’s October Plugfest in Northern Califonia, we had over 170 attendees, testing 37 DSRC devices from 30 different vendors from around the world. This year’s event promises to be even larger-with over 300 test sessions, extensive field testing, cybersecurity testing, and technical learning sessions throughout the week.

Day 1 – Connected Vehicle Workshop

The first day will feature our Connected Vehicle Workshop, which will address key policy and technical issues related to the testing and deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles. We are pleased that Kirk Steudle, Director of Michigan Department of Transportation, and Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems will serve as our keynote speakers.

Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.

Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy.

Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and LTU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999.



Marcus Welz leads the Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems business in the U.S. As the world market leader in traffic technology, the company offers advanced software and systems to modernize and improve urban and interurban traffic. In this role, Welz manages all functions including sales, R&D, product management, customer service and drives strategic business direction.

Joining Siemens in 2001, progressing through a number of management role throughout Europe and the United States. Prior to his current position, Welz served as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Project Management at Siemens AG, headquartered in Munich.

Welz holds a Business Administration degree from Munich University of Applied Science and a Master of Science Degree in Energy Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


Connected Vehicle Workshop Preview

10:30 am Welcome, Logistics, Intro Jason Conley Executive Director, OmniAir
10:40 am Opening Remarks Steve Novosad Chair, OmniAir
11:00 am Keynote Speaker #1 Kirk Stuedle Director, Michigan DOT
11:30 am Keynote Speaker #2 Marcus Welz
CEO, Siemens ITS
12:00 pm Plugfest Preview Ralph Buckingham Director, CAV Tech., Intertek
Andrew Smart Chief Technology Officer, ACM
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Panel 1: CAV Testing & Deployments
2:45 pm
Panel 2: Automotive Cybersecurity
4:00 pm Afternoon Break
4:15 pm Panel 3: V2X Around the World
5:30 Concluding Remarks
5:40 Reception – Barbeque, Brats, & Beers


Days 2-4  – V2X Testing

Bench testing at Intertek will be conducted in separate spaces allowing device makers and test providers a high level of privacy. There will be individual test sessions, group interoperability, and parallel learning sessions.

Field Testing at the American Center for Mobility’s site comes with a number features.  Plugfest participants will appreciate including double overpasses, a railroad crossing, and a highway loop to test at sustained highway speeds. Testing can occur during all four seasons, day and night, in sun, rain, ice, and snow.

Do you have OmniAir Certification? If so, you still have several reasons to participate.  There are a few new test procedures for you and those that are close to certification.

  • SAE J2945.1 V-V BSMs Minimum Performance
  • Message and Device Interoperability
  • V2I Field Testing
  • High precision location-based OBU testing
  • SCMS Certificate Testing

If this is your first Plugfest or second, OmniAir has hardened Release 1 test procedures that will help you get that much closer to certification.

  • IEEE 802.11p Physical Layer
  • IEEE 1609.2 Security/Certificates
  • IEEE 1609.3 Network (including WSA)
  • IEEE 1609.4 Multi-Channel Operations