Savari and SAIC Motors partner to bring self-driving car technology to China
With this partnership, the world’s largest and most advanced V2X communications provider and the largest automotive manufacturer in China are working together to connect cars with roadway infrastructure to pave the way for the proliferation of self-driving vehicles.
Under the terms of the agreement, SAIC will be the distributor and value-added reseller of Savari technology in the Greater China and selected ASEAN markets. The companies are already working to fulfil a substantial order from two prestigious customers (Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University), both of whom are the pioneers in autonomous driving, intelligent transporations and smart city.
Media coverage: SAIC USA Website
Savari equipped 11 intersections and traffic lights in downtown Palo Alto with its Road-Side-Units, which enable cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as visually and mobility impaired people, to communicate with traffic lights.
The goal is to increase traffic predictions, safety and efficiency and prepare the road for autonomous and self-driving car deployments. The Palo Alto deployment was done in collaboration with UC Berkeley. This deployment enables V2P communication through Savari’s SmartCross app, developed for pedestrians to increase their safety. It also enables V2I communication by showing drivers–in new model cars through the in-vehicle-infotainment system and in older cars through the smartphone–how much time is left before the traffic light turns red. Savari collects data in the cloud and broadcasts basic safety messages at intersections to vehicles.
Safety Pilot project in collaboration with the US Department of Transportation and University of Michigan (UMTRI – University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute)
The Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program is a scientific research initiative that features a real-world implementation of connected vehicle safety technologies, applications and systems using everyday drivers. The effort will test performance, evaluate human factors and usability, observe policies and processes, and collect empirical data to present a more accurate, detailed understanding of the potential safety benefits of these technologies. This empirical data will be critical to supporting the 2013 NHTSA agency decision on vehicle communications for safety. Safety Pilot is a major research initiative that involves several modes within the USDOT, several vehicle manufacturers, public agencies, and academia.
Savari supplied the entire infrastructure Road-Side-Units covering 23 intersections, and provided 1200 On-Board-Units for the pilot program. This was the largest test bed for connected vehicles in North America.
Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) is a research consortium of automobile manufacturers. The USDOT, the Vehicle Safety Communications 3 (VSC3) Consortium (Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen-Audi), have initiated a three-year collaborative effort in the area of wireless-based safety applications under the V2V-Interoperability Project. Formally, this project i part of Track 2 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Application Research plan. The goal of the interoperability project is to ensure that all V2V safety applications work across any and all equipped vehicles, regardless of make, model or qualified retrofit equipment. This project demonstrates deeper understanding of V2V products and relevant Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) standards (e.g., SAE J2735, IEEE 802.11p, IEEE1609.2-4, etc.) as they relate to V2X applications.
Savari was selected as the supplier for the development, supply and testing of On Board Equipment (OBE) for Over-The-Air (OTA) communications interoperability and scalability testing. This project demonstrates Savari’s experience in developing DSRC OBE to support accurate positioning of the vehicle and reliable communication using DSRC, both of which are critical for developing safety applications on On-Board-Units.
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Savari was 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 innovative and life-saving connected car technology following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new rule for car-to-car communications.
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. 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.
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: 1. Reduce morning backups and congestion through downtown 2. Reduce the risk of wrong-way entries on reversible express lanes 3. Enhance pedestrian safety through crosswalk assist applications 4. Improve transit signal priority optimization and safety 5. Eliminate confusion around TECO Line trolley conflicts 6. Enhance traffic signal coordination and traffic flow
Savari demonstrated V2X Technology, Safety Apps and innovative V2X Cloud at CES 2017
Savari demonstrated its industry-leading V2X technology and safety applications for self-driving cars and highly autonomous vehicles in the CES Gold Lot during CES 2017. Savari’s technology was featured in multiple driving demonstrations around the CES Self-Driving Technology Marketplace and the NXP booth. Furthermore Savari demonstrated its innovative V2X Cloud work in the Delphi/AT&T booth.
Savari partners with Nissan and UC Berkeley to deploy a real-world V2X test bed in the City of Sunnyvale
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies — collectively known as V2X — are leaving the test track and making their way onto public streets. Sunnyvale, Calif. is the latest city serving as a real-world V2X testbed, for Nissan, Savari and UC Berkeley.
The SmartCross app interfaces with traffic signal systems that control traffic lights and receives information about the pedestrian signal.
Sending signals between the pedestrian’s phone and the nearest traffic signal box, the app sends an alert to notify pedestrians when they have the signal to cross. For enhanced safety, the application provides audio, visual and haptic (typically vibration) feedback to the user, so pedestrians approaching a crosswalk with their heads down will know to stop at the curb. Savari enhances information across several platforms through its backend cloud solution that takes in and distributes predictive safety messages to all traffic sensors: people, cars and infrastructure (i.e. traffic lights).
The app was developed in collaboration with the U.S. department of transportation (USDOT) and is going into beta testing. The app will soon be available on Google Play and Apple Store.