Smartest U.S. City to Receive Assisted Driving Technology

Published By : 14 Mar 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In a pilot project launched jointly by the U.S. Transportation Department and NXP Semiconductors NV, communication technology will be used to reduce traffic congestion. Last year, in December, Anthony Foxx, the secretary of the U.S. Transportation Department had mentioned that the department would award around US$40 million to a medium-sized city in the United States to initiate the pilot project. NXP Semiconductors NV and its partner Cohda Wireless will offer the top ranking smart city wireless communication modules. These modules will let cars to securely exchange data such as hazard warnings over a distance of more than a mile to improve traffic flow and prevent accidents.

Which is more important: Automated Driving or Assisted Driving?

According to the U.S. government, communication between vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure will prevent almost 80% of the accidents where alcohol is not associated by alerting drivers about hazards such as speeding car and icy bridge. In a statement, Rick Clemmer, the Chief Executive of NXP Semiconductors NV has mentioned that in the coming years, assisted driving would be more stressed upon compared to automated driving. It is to be noted that in the U.S., the concept of automated driving is fast gaining popularity with the technological giants such as Google participating in extensive research and development activities regarding self driven cars.

This week, Anthony Foxx will announce the list of five finalist cities out of 80 U.S. cities including Boston, Detroit, Alaska, Anchorage, Baltimore, Cleveland, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas. Each of these finalist cities would receive US$100,000 to refine their plans before the winning city is named in June. The smart city project is the Obama government’s effort to utilize advanced technology to address traffic across the roads in the U.S.

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