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AT&T, Delphi, and Ford Debut V2X Advanced Vehicle Communications

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T1, Delphi and Ford are developing a new capability to enhance Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) communications. The platform is designed to help vehicles "talk" with each other and smart cities infrastructure to improve safety and vehicle security, reduce traffic congestion, save money and protect the environment.

These companies are laying the foundation for the next generation of urban planning and safer driving. In the future, autonomous vehicles will interact with connected traffic lights, roadside monitors, signage, and almost anything surrounding them.

The research developed jointly by AT&T, Delphi and Ford can monitor traffic conditions and notify drivers over the AT&T LTE network to approaching vehicles and events. Think events like airbag deployments, vehicle collisions, hazardous road conditions, bad weather and wrong-way driving. The result will be fewer accidents and safer driving.

Consider these stats:

  • More than 35,000 people were killed and over 2 million injured in 2015 – a 7% increase from 2014.2
  • Early indications are that fatalities continued to increase by over 10% in 2016.3
  • Driver error accounts for 94% of crashes.5

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recognizes the issue. It proposed requiring technologies in new vehicles allowing cars to "talk" to each other to avoid crashes. Devices would use Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to transmit data, such as location, direction, and speed to nearby...


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