Peachtree Corners – one of the first smart city environments in the United States powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G – announced that T-Mobile, Applied Information and Temple, Inc. are introducing 5G connected vehicle technology that allows traffic lights to communicate with any vehicle on the road via a revolutionary mobile application.
This technology enables two-way communication over T-Mobile’s 5G network between the traffic light and devices such as smartphones, tablets and vehicles equipped with in-vehicle units. The TravelSafely smartphone app provides audible warnings about potential red light operation and alerts to prepare for green. Vehicle-to-traffic light communications can allow normal calls for a green light or green light preemption – or even priority in special cases, such as public safety.
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This collaboration is part of a partnership between the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners and the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) to accelerate the development and deployment of connected vehicle safety applications and transportation infrastructure technologies.
The two organizations, along with development partners such as T-Mobile, will share assets and facilities on projects involving automakers and technology innovators to rapidly develop and integrate new mobility safety systems. The partners will also promote the region as a hub for connected vehicle innovation and work to attract future development and early deployment to the region.
“As a strong reflection of Peachtree Corners’ leadership as an innovative smart city in the United States, we are excited to offer relevant smart connected infrastructure for our citizens, city employees and visitors by enabling any vehicle to receive 5G connected traffic communications. signals,” says Brian Johnson, City Manager of Peachtree Corners. “Vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) cellular technology is not just a concept here, it’s a reality that anyone can experience simply by downloading an app to their smartphone. It is truly the street of the city of the future, reminding us once again how important it will be for the key elements of a city to communicate with each other to increase safety and improve the daily lives of residents.
In addition to English, the app provides warnings and alerts in Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, French and German – depending on the user’s phone settings.
“The evolution from 4G to 5G brings revolutionary advances in the performance of connected vehicle applications. This powerful collaboration enables the industry to accelerate the pace of change for the better and make travel safer for everyone,” said Applied Information President and iATL Executive Director Bryan Mulligan.
As a further reflection of street life in the city of the future, four autonomous shuttles operated by mobility-as-a-service leader Beep Inc. are integrating Applied Information’s C-V2X technology into their fleet for seamless navigation. safe and accurate, as well as real-world data collection. Multimodal interoperability at intersections, as well as signal prioritization testing for the autonomous shuttle fleet, are just a few examples of critical situations. As mass transit operations and the need to safely test autonomous platforms while efficiently moving people around cities continues to grow, these real-world apps and tests are helping move society forward.
“We have the experience of safely testing autonomous platforms in real-world use cases in the first smart city environment in the United States. Completing the vehicle-infrastructure equation with communication between drivers, pedestrians, roadside units, traffic signals, buildings, and other city-owned infrastructure is essential for both driverless and driverless vehicles. The advanced C-V2X technology on our platforms elevates each vehicle’s awareness of its surroundings and is invaluable as we develop more unique technologies to further improve safety and advance the AV industry,” said Joe Moye, Beep CEO.
The data collected from this deployment will help road operators and traffic technology developers better understand the performance of the 5G network to deliver safety messages to drivers and directly to equipped vehicles.
“The future of 5G technology comes to life with every innovation, thanks in large part to strong partnerships like ours with Peachtree Corners at Curiosity Lab. This step forward in safety technology is a key moment in our quest for more connected and autonomous vehicles. With our unparalleled 5G coverage and the exciting work of Curiosity Lab, we look forward to a future of smarter vehicles and, most importantly, safer roads,” said Dave Bezzant, T-Mobile Vice President for Government.