V2V technology will prevent 80 percent of all traffic accidents. This results in a reduction of hundreds of thousands of crashes every year in the U.S. alone.
Savari Inc has been selected by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and the partnering integrator company Brandmotion to equip the majority of vehicles with its V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) connected car technology.
Tampa becomes the first city to feature Savari’s connected car technology following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new rule for car-to-car communications. Additional DOT connected car deployments are scheduled for New York City and a portion of Interstate 80 (freeway) in Wyoming this year.
Cars, trucks, buses and trolleys will be retrofitted with Savari’s On-Board-Units (OBUs) and connected car software to enable cars to “talk” to each other through Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) software.
Savari’s connected car solution in Tampa offers a wide range of transportation efficiency and safety applications. The Silicon Valley start-up is partnering with automotive integrator Brandmotion, the nation’s leading integrator of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for in-vehicular installation. For the Tampa and other connected car projects (e.g. NYC) Savari added innovative and pioneering features to its products.
Features such as dual radio with simultaneous diversity provides a flexible range of options during installation and is one of many key differentiating features for Savari in smart city deployments.
THEA is deploying V2X technology to advance its mission to improve safety and mobility, and reduce the environmental impact of the city’s downtown traffic during commute and high traffic event times. V2X equipped vehicles and roadside infrastructure will be connected to the City of Tampa Transportation Management Center and existing Traffic Control System through the cloud for a seamless management experience and enhanced transit awareness.
THEA and Savari are looking at six use cases that V2X technology can significantly benefit in everyday transportation:
- Reduce morning backups and congestion through downtown
- Reduce the risk of wrong-way entries on reversible express lanes
- Enhance pedestrian safety through crosswalk assist applications
- Improve transit signal priority optimization and safety
- Eliminate confusion around TECO Line trolley conflicts
- Enhance traffic signal coordination and traffic flow
According to the DOT and validated by numerous trials — where Savari was the major supplier of connected car technology — V2V technology will prevent 80 percent of all traffic accidents. This results in a reduction of hundreds of thousands of crashes every year in the U.S. alone.