Panasonic Corporation of North America, Colorado Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated unveiled the first real-world application of C-V2X technology connecting the vehicle, the roadways and a regional traffic management centre in Denver, demonstrating a new level of data-driven situational awareness that will achieve a dramatic improvement of safety on the road.
In Denver, Panasonic has created a connected vehicle ecosystem that collects travel data from cars and other sources and communicates that information to vehicles and external systems. The system comes out of a collaboration between Panasonic and the Colorado Dept. of Transportation to create the first production-grade, U.S. connected vehicle system in which real-time data would be shared across vehicles, infrastructure and people with a goal to improve safety, lower fuel consumption and reduce congestion.
The promise from efforts such as those taking place in Colorado are extraordinary. IoT linked roads are expected to reduce travel times by almost half, and potentially eliminate up to 80% of crashes.
V2X technology represents a paradigm shift for transportation agencies by listening and receiving contextual data about traffic and roadway conditions from connected vehicles and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.
The real-time actions and events consumed by the roadside sensors are transferred to the cloud-based Panasonic data platform, which can deliver geo-located, customised, just-in-time messages directly into vehicles.