Statistics reveal that nearly 13 percent of the firefighters and police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty are killed in vehicle-related incidents. Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) engineers and University of Arizona (UofA) researchers are leading an effort to develop a system that will radically lower these statistics and make signalized intersections safer nationwide for both emergency responders and the general public. The research will in the near future link all drivers to both their surroundings and other vehicles on the road. The SMARTDrive prototype, a state-of-the-art field lab for testing new transportation technologies systems for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadway communications, including vehicle prioritization at traffic lights lies along a 2.3-mile stretch of Daisy Mountain Drive in the Anthem community just north of Phoenix.
A significant part of the solution involves “intelligent” vehicles that communicate with one another and with traffic control systems. “Part of the challenge in creating and deploying such infrastructure is to find and partner with companies that are able to provide flexible future-proof products that integrate multiple technologies while at the same time interwork with the infrastructure in place today. Savari was the only company that was able to provide a proven solution that fit our needs”, said Dr. Larry Head, (UofA) Principal Researcher on this project. “Robust DSRC radios are critical to the success of the project” said Faisal Saleem, ITS engineer with MCDOT.
Ravi Puvvala, CEO of Savari said “we laud the efforts of UofA and MCDOT in coming up with forward-thinking traffic management systems and infrastructure. These systems will pave the way for reduced accidents, safety for vehicle passengers as well as pedestrians and more efficient traffic-flow. We were pleased that the SMARTDrive test bed is able to make use of the Savari products to integrate Bluetooth, WiFi, DSRC (vehicles to vehicles, vehicles to infrastructure) and interface to traffic controller systems”.
Savari (savarinetworks.com) is mobilizing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) with cost-effective hardware and software solutions that enable V2X based connectivity. The company is a chosen supplier for US DOT’s ITS procurements related to Connected Vehicle research.
Savari is a privately held company with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, USA. It maintains close partnerships with automotive OEMs, traffic controller companies, system integrators and semiconductor chipset vendors.