Dual-Active V2X deployment to Help Emergency Vehicles Save Lives

Dual-Active V2X deployment to Help Emergency Vehicles Save Lives

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, July 31, 2020

The Autotalks solution enables roadway operators to confidently deploy V2X technology for a safer, faster emergency vehicle response times.

FREMONT, CA: Autotalks, a provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, teams up with Applied Information, an Atlanta-based intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider, to save lives on the roads of Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii. The two companies are carrying out the world's first Dual-Mode /Dual- Active V2X deployment, in which Autotalks dual-mode chipsets are installed in emergency vehicles and on roadside units such as traffic lights.

Applied Information has come up with a Dual-Mode/Dual-Active Roadside Unit to communicate with vehicles equipped with V2X On-Board Units (OBUs). The main use-cases are for emergency vehicles' traffic signal preemption, transit buses for traffic signal priority, and vehicles involved in roadside work zones. The traffic signal preemption function in Alpharetta, Georgia, the first site of the RSU deployment, transfers the normal operation of the traffic control signal to a mode of operation which gives the right of way to emergency vehicles such as ambulances and firefighting vehicles, while all other traffic is brought safely to a halt. As a result, emergency vehicles can arrive to their destination earlier and have better chances to save lives.

The deployment is expected to expand to include other use cases beyond emergency vehicles, such as transit bus priority, red-light running alerts, and get ready for green message to make traffic move more safely and efficiently through signalized intersections. In Alpharetta, over 150 traffic control devices are connected and offer a unique opportunity to make real enhancements in safety and mobility on streets and highways. The Georgia site is the first real-life testing site of this type of deployment. Applied Information has signed similar agreements in Texas and Hawaii, where the two companies are participating in similar deployments.

The deployment takes place throughout a 78.5 square mile area surrounding the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta. The iATL is the world's first private-sector facility for developing connected vehicle applications for both vehicles and traffic control devices such as traffic signals. Autotalks believes that it has an important advantage as its dual-mode V2X chipset can enable the US automotive industry to immediately start large-scale V2X deployment during the period of uncertainty until a uniform technology is chosen.

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