The vision for the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Research Program is "Cleaner Air through Smarter Transportation." The AERIS Research Program was established by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office to investigate whether it was possible and feasible to:
- Identify connected vehicle applications that could provide environmental impact reduction benefits via reduced fuel use and efficiency impacts on emissions.
- Facilitate and incentivize "green choices" by transportation service consumers (i.e., system users, system operators, policy decision makers, etc.).
- Identify vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) data (and other) exchanges via wireless technologies of various types.
- Model and analyze connected vehicle applications to estimate the potential environmental impact reduction benefits.
- Develop a prototype for one of the applications to test its efficacy and usefulness.
- Employing a multi-modal approach, the AERIS Research Program aims to encourage the development of technologies and applications that support a more sustainable relationship between transportation and the environment chiefly through fuel use reductions and resulting emissions reductions.