Savari combines both DSRC and Cellular-V2X radio technologies in new roadside unit


Silicon Valley-based automotive technology company Savari Inc. has announced the development of its third-generation roadside unit (RSU), the StreetWAVE 2000, which is a hybrid unit combining the two most widely used Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies.

Expected to sample in the last quarter of this year, the StreetWAVE 2000 will be Savari’s first ‘bridge’ device that will incorporate both dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) radios simultaneously to ensure maximum adaptability for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Featuring the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, the new SW-2000 RSU becomes one of the first solutions based on the C-V2X chipset for direct communications operating in the 5.9GHz ITS spectrum, and it is the latest example of the company’s pioneering efforts in delivering advanced future-proof systems for connected vehicles and smart cities.

Savari has demonstrated its leadership and product reliability through thousands of deployments of its original StreetWAVE RSUs worldwide. The company’s V2X units deliver the required performance levels in any climate, having been subjected to temperature extremes ranging from the freezing cold of a Michigan winter to the extreme heat of an Arizona summer. Working alongside the broad automotive and telecommunications ecosystems, Savari is applying its expertise and capabilities to aid in the development of C-V2X through the StreetWAVE 2000 RSU, as well as the Savari MobiWAVE C-V2X software stack. The StreetWAVE 2000 RSU features the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, which has already been involved in numerous trials and performance tests worldwide this year.

“We are the leading vendor of RSU products, with years of trial deployments, and we are happy to work with Qualcomm Technologies to provide the most advanced, dual radio technology RSU architecture yet,” said Ravi Puvvala, Savari’s CEO. “This combination of our ITS infrastructure expertise with Qualcomm Technologies’ cutting-edge C-V2X chipset solution aids in providing customers with the most flexible and capable roadside unit available.”

Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, noted, “We are happy to continue our long-standing relationship with Savari. We are pleased that Savari has chosen our 9150 C-V2X chipset solution to create a new category of RSU products that will assist in bridging the path to next generation connectivity. Supporting road operators with advanced V2X solutions for roadside infrastructure is an important step to accelerate adoption of this technology, and help to enhance automotive safety and create smarter cities.”

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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).