As disruptive transportation trends such as shared mobility and automation of cars will first take hold in urban areas, Savari is working with cities and city administrations to deploy life-saving V2X technology. V2V, V2I and V2P technologies will become increasingly important in urban areas, as more people begin to rely on shared mobility services. In fact, the United Nations expects 66% of the population to live in cities by 2050.
With the goal of taking a pioneering role, Savari has already developed and deployed V2X technology in many cities, mainly in U.S. Cities featuring life-saving V2X Savari technology, including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Washington DC; Anthem, Arizona; Palo Alto and Sunnyvale in California; Blacksburg, Virginia; Shanghai, China.
In past and ongoing projects, Savari has been engaged with and supporting cities participating both in the USDOT Smartcity Challenge and Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program.
In addition to continuously upgrading and advancing V2V and V2I software and applications, Savari aims to make pedestrians and bicyclists active participants of the connected, automated city by focusing innovation efforts on V2P communication. Since 2012, this has been a joint effort between the USDOT and Savari, when we built the SmartCross app for smartphones that alerts pedestrians when it’s safe to walk, and enables them to request the pedestrian signal.
According to a recent Governor’s Highway Safety Association study, street fatalities will increase as technology and software continue to play an increasing role in how cars are designed and used. In fact, in the first quarter of 2016 alone, deadly accidents on California streets increased by 7%. The study suggests that the country-wide numbers are even higher–close to 10%.