The company has partnered with UDOT on a phased, five-year project to demonstrate V2X capability using its Cirrus cloud-computing platform. About 70 roadside units installed by Panasonic are listening for data from passing cars in the Salt Lake City region, including in Big Cottonwood Canyon, along Interstate 80 and near Park City.
Panasonic, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and a nonprofit group called the Ray, recently also launched a project on an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia. Five of six planned roadside units there are in place and ingesting data from connected cars.
Though smartphone apps already give drivers real-time traffic information, Mr. Armstrong says, V2X can send rapid alerts tailored for specific cars, while also diagnosing recurring problems on stretches of road “so that we can then predict it and prevent it.”