New arrangement expands on their existing design and manufacturing partnership
Flex and Savari, a mobile and transportation solutions provider, have partnered to jointly develop connected car and smart city vehicle-to-everything (V2X) hardware and software connectivity solutions with a view to improving global traffic safety and efficiency.
“Every year, there are 1.25 million traffic-related fatalities worldwide; in 2015, there were over 35 thousand in the US alone,” said Chris Obey, president of automotive at Flex. “We believe the answer to reducing these terrible statistics lies in vehicle connectivity, which is the primary focus of our work with Savari.”
Flex has already been working with Savari on hardware design and small scale manufacturing for the past year, and is expanding work to include infrastructure development for smart city technology trials and new vehicle connectivity solutions.
V2X technology enables communication between a vehicle and anything in the environment that may affect it, including other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V), surrounding infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I) and even pedestrians (vehicle-to-pedestrian, vehicle-to-phone, or V2P).
V2V technology enables vehicles to communicate with each other through wireless exchange of data, with the objective of improving safety, reducing traffic congestion, and improving the overall travel and transportation environment.
V2I technology enables the wireless exchange of data between vehicles and roadway infrastructure, with key applications including e-tolling, intersection safety, speed management, transit safety and operations, and work-zone or low-bridge warnings.
This technology has the potential to transform infrastructure equipment – including stoplights and weather information systems – into smart infrastructure by incorporating algorithms that recognise high-risk situations while they are developing, and responding with driver warnings and countermeasures.
V2P technology enables pedestrians and bicyclists to be active participants in a V2X environment by using their smartphone to send and receive alerts, signaling transit infrastructure like crosswalk signals for individuals needing more time, or sending alerts to cars that a pedestrian is in the crosswalk or a bicyclist is in the bike lane.
“V2X technology holds great potential for improving both transportation safety and efficiency in our cities and along our highways,” added Ravi Puvvala, CEO at Savari.
“By partnering with Flex – with its global footprint – we are accelerating the development and deployment schedule of our industry-leading V2X solutions for the latest CVP rollouts and other installations. Having been proven in numerous DOT trials, our V2X solutions deliver a positive impact on vehicular safety and smart city infrastructure.”
Flex provides design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets.
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