Cohda Wireless has announced that it has been chosen by Clemson University to supply equipment for a trial that lays the groundwork for Connected Vehicle technology in the US within four years.
Cohda will supply Clemson with its MK5 onboard and roadside unit hardware and software for the project supported by US Ignite, a White House initiative that is run by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Clemson will use Cohda Wireless units for the South Carolina Connected Vehicle Testbed (SC-CVT), located near Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) campus in Greenville South Carolina.
Clemson University School of Computing Associate Professor Jim Martin said Cohda’s technology was chosen primarily for two reasons.
“Firstly Cohda’s MK5 onboard unit and roadside unit performed well in validation tests and, secondly, because the support provided by Cohda to help us get our equipment up and running was outstanding,” he said.
When establishing the SC-CVT project, the NSF stated that by the end of the decade, the US Department of Transportation would probably require all new vehicles to be Connected Vehicles. These would be capable of communicating with other vehicles and roadside infrastructure through wireless communications in order to reduce the number of crashes and save lives.
Crash avoidance applications supported by V2V and V2I connectivity exchange safety-critical information such as speed, location and direction of movement to assess the crash risk based on the proximity of vehicles.