Trafficware and Commsignia to provide DSRC V2X connected vehicle systems


Trafficware and Commsignia are to begin the joint implementation of V2X (vehicle-to-Everything) DSRC (dedicated short-range communication) technology integrated with Trafficware’s suite of smart traffic signal equipment for a growing number of smart city and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications.

Combining Commsignia’s best-in-class V2X communications software, onboard units (OBU) and roadside units (RSU) with live data from traffic signals allows transportation agencies and automobile OEMs to provide enhanced motorist services. Data provided by Trafficware’s signal controllers, wireless sensors, and central transportation management software platform, will enhance safety, allow for emergency vehicle prioritization, bus priority, and provide meaningful content to motorists.

The ‘talking intersection’ information includes providing optimal driving speed to reach an intersection’s green light sequence, intersection signal status, and optimal travel time from point A to point B, reducing the number of stops, idling at red lights, and ultimately reducing emissions.

Commsignia was recently selected by Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) for the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot that employs vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2I communication technology to improve safety and traffic conditions in downtown Tampa. This was one of three sites selected for the US Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, which seeks to spur innovation among early adopters. Commsignia expects to supply onboard units (OBUs) for approximately 1,600 cars, 10 buses and 10 trolley cars.

“We have been the first to market with connected vehicle applications from coast-to-coast. With over 2,000 signals already connected to production vehicles, we hold clear leadership in this space,” noted Trafficware’s CEO, Jon Newhard. “Our partnership with Commsignia is yet another way to broaden our scope of integration capabilities and utilize the data rich content.”

Jozsef Kovacs, Commsignia’s CEO, added, “In a nascent market, it is important that customers have a positive experience with their first V2I/V2V implementations. We have established ourselves as a leader in V2X software, hardware and hybrid/ADAS solutions.

“Trafficware has shown significant leadership in workable real-world implementations of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, so it is a natural step for Commsignia and Trafficware to work together. Agencies and road users will benefit from our combined solutions that are delivering real material advancements to improving road safety and efficiency.”

Jeff Spinazze, Trafficware’s senior vice president, noted, “We have the key ingredient, deep relationships with municipal authorities throughout North America, and an understanding of the current technology infrastructure necessary for deployment and customer success.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).