Intelligent Transportation

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Driving the intelligent roadway

We’re building a connected highway system that enables cars to communicate with each other and the road around them. Our real-time V2X data sharing platform is designed to improve safety, increase reliability and reduce congestion.

Panasonic Cirrus: Next-Gen Traffic Management

Panasonic is pleased to announce Panasonic Cirrus, a traffic management center solution for transportation agencies. Cirrus is designed for traffic managers to leverage the transformative benefits and new capabilities provided by V2X technology.  An open development platform for data sharing and collaboration, Panasonic Cirrus was developed using industry V2X standards and supports integrations to existing transportation systems. The Cirrus platform is built to scale for state-wide deployment of V2X technology on all roadways, highways and arterials alike.

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Connected cars and roads

The next era of transportation progress isn’t a century away, or even decades down the road. We’ve partnered with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to create a connected vehicle ecosystem that promises transform roadway safety and efficiency.

Deployment is underway along a particularly challenging 90 mile stretch of I-70 in Colorado, connecting Denver to Vail, where travelers face steep grades, severe curves, often-extreme weather, visibility and congestion difficulties. There, our intelligent highway system allows CDOT to monitor real-time traffic and roadway conditions and share critical safety information on weather, traffic alerts and other driving hazards – directly with vehicles and people.

The promise from efforts such as those taking place in Colorado are extraordinary. IoT linked roads are expected to reduce travel times by almost half, and potentially eliminate up to 80% of crashes.
Jarrett Wendt, Executive Vice President of CityNOW - Panasonic Corporation of North America

The internet of vehicles

By creating a connected transportation system – an "internet of vehicles" – drivers and traffic managers will receive real-time information about road conditions such as traffic delays, icy conditions, and crashes through continuous and automatic communications between individual vehicles and roadside infrastructure. Once deployed, this system is projected to result in a considerable decrease in unimpaired multi-vehicle crashes, as well as more reliable travel times and, eventually, the ability to communicate with self-driving cars. 

Suddenly, a roadway operator can receive transportation data and make instantaneous decisions about deploying snowplows during winter storms – or optimize how traffic flows through the city in real time. This technology can also communicate instantly about emergency braking and crashes, and enables customized alerts to be sent to cars in specific locations instantaneously

Collaborating with CDOT, Panasonic has developed a phased approach that will allow DOTs to effectively deploy these technologies at scale. It's not just a system for main highways and thoroughfares, but for all roadways and arteries throughout an entire state or region.

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Real world deployment in Colorado

We’ve been working with partners like the Colorado Dept of Transportation to take the idea of a connected vehicle ecosystem out of the lab and into the real world, focused on delivering a production-grade deployment to Colorado roadways and a connected traffic management center platform for V2X technology. Panasonic, Qualcomm Technologies, and Ford Motor Company have joined forces to debut Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) direct communication technologies in Colorado – the first real-world deployment of its kind in this country.

Lifesaving data

The Colorado Dept. of Transportation estimates as much as a 400% increase in roadway efficiency with wide scale deployment of connected vehicle technology – without the expense of widening roadways and adding lanes. This solution also has the power to save lives through a significant reduction in the number of non-impaired, multi-vehicle crashes – research estimates as high as 80% reduction.
 
CDOT projects that a statewide V2X system will generate more than 2 billion safety messages per hour from vehicles. To put that in context, Twitter averages 28 million tweets per hour. Based on that, the CDOT system will be managing and processing 70 times more volume per hour than is currently processed by Twitter.

By leveraging the extensive amount of data available on road conditions (from vehicles, sensors, cameras and more), drivers can receive notifications about potentially unsafe driving conditions even before they begin experiencing traffic delays.

Suddenly, a roadway operator can receive transportation data and make instantaneous decisions about deploying snowplows during winter storms – or optimize how traffic flows through the city in real time.