Flex and Savari Inc. are collaborating to expand their existing design and manufacturing partnership to jointly develop Connected Car and Smart City V2X hardware and software connectivity solutions.
Chris Obey, president of Automotive at Flex, said, “Every year, there are 1.25 million traffic-related fatalities worldwide*; in 2015, there were over 35 thousand in the U.S. alone**. We believe the answer to reducing these terrible statistics lies in vehicle connectivity, which is the primary focus of our work with Savari.”
Obey continued, “We’ve been working with Savari on hardware design and small scale manufacturing for the past year, and now we are expanding our work to include infrastructure development for smart city technology trials and new vehicle connectivity solutions, furthering our strategic focus on connected cars and autonomous vehicles.”
“V2X technology holds great potential for improving both transportation safety and efficiency in our cities and along our highways,” said Ravi Puvvala, CEO at Savari. “By partnering with Flex – with its global footprint and Sketch-to-Scale services – we are accelerating the development and deployment schedule of our industry-leading V2X solutions for the latest CVP rollouts and other installations. Having been proven in numerous DOT trials, our V2X solutions deliver a positive impact on vehicular safety and smart city infrastructure.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule last December “that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet,” by enabling V2V technology on all new light-duty vehicles, “enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles ‘talk’ to each other.”