Connected vehicles and infrastructure can make highways up to 80% safer. Better connections mean we all get through the day with greater ease and convenience. People receive the information they need, right when they need it. Cities adapt to the needs of citizens. V2X is a new concept but it’s cars talk to drivers and each other to avoid collisions. And planes keep pilots informed about the weather, and passengers in touch with their lives below.
Back in 2011, I went to an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) conference. We were in a symposium with other media taking about V2X back then. Now painted in the Street lines are sensors connecting to the car sensors and creating this insane amount of data to help save lives.
As Panasonic states V2X is the car to everything Meta Data related (or connected vehicle technology). While it’s not the most popular term yet, it will be.
As I’ve learned, Panasonic has a Connected Vehicle Demo Center that’s collecting travel data from various sources and then communicates that information across a “technological ecosystem”. So it’s not just about collecting the data. The secret sauce is then taking that ton of data and making it into “intelligent, actionable information for roadway operators and drivers.”
In cars today, it will even sense people on sidewalks or at crosswalks.
V2X wireless communication makes moving vehicles and people visible. This technology enables vehicle to vehicle signals, vehicle to pedestrian communication and then takes all that information to make sure every car on the road knows about what’s going on. As Panasonic Staff told me personally, V2X will help prevent traffic accidents. To me: that’s how we do things to make traffic safe and focused on driving.
V2X States Prove It for a Nationally Connected System
There’s a reason seven of the top ten auto makers rely on Panasonic’s technology. As I wrote:
The Seattle Department of Transportation launched the New Mobility Playbook. As transportation becomes increasingly shared, active, self-driving, electric, and data-driven, Seattle is planning ahead to ensure that innovation contributes to a safe, equitable, sustainable city with a transportation system that serves everyone. The New Mobility Playbook includes a set of strategies that will position Seattle to encourage and guide innovation in transportation technology, reorganizing our streets to grow healthy communities and vibrant public spaces. Panasonic with USDOT and Colorado DOT are like Cowboys of the innovation toward pioneering the revolution of our driving experiences.
The Western movie playwright now cues in the Cowboy here to say:
Well my friends, Panasonic is a trailblazer for building connected transport and developing smart cities over there! No seriously, Panasonic is applying its heavy duty, smart automotive and traffic management tech and smarts to a connected transportation pilot in the United States and Colorado.
Recently, I was briefed on how Panasonic teamed up with the United States and Colorado Department of Transportations to build a connected transportation program.
What does that mean?
As we drive or move along in newer cars, there are sensors all throughout cars which are brand new. So those cars are connected to the sensors on the road. If an accident happened 10 cars ahead, the driver is notified of that traffic data, indicating they need to slow the heck down! Even stop why don’t cha!!
That’ s real-time data being shared across all vehicles, infrastructure and people to improve safety and mobility on the road.
Connected Cars “See” Way Better in Bad Weather
So when do crashes mostly occur? Those lovely intersections where two or more roads cross. Then on any day or might someone (not mentioning names here!) drivers do things like turn the wrong way, crossing over or something else. This is a recipe for something to happen. I live near an intersection and there are always active accidents there.
Check out this great video from Panasonic showing you how Connected Cars work. It’s a cool video!
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So anything that can help drivers see pedestrians or other vehicles before an accident occurs can help reduce the danger of intersections and roadways in general. So with hundreds of billions of sensors on roads connected to cars connected to a big database is beyond Meta data for traffic management systems to allow cars to communicate with each other. That means highway infrastructure will keep our roadways moving smoothly. Now. There’s NOT anything wrong with that! Now they need to talk about better vehicle batteries to go hybrid, Plugin hybrid or all electric!
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