A technology firm and a Nevada consortium of public agencies said they plan to build the nation’s first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle network.
The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility and Nexar said the project will implement “smart transportation systems” that make Nevada’s roads safer.
The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM) describes itself as “the contact point bringing together industry, government and academia” to develop standards for “advanced mobility” technology such as connected and autonomous vehicles.
Nexar provides “the world’s first vehicle-to-vehicle network for preventing road collisions and enabling autonomous mobility,” according to the company.
Nexar’s V2V network, which has shown a 24 percent reduction in collisions since its inception, according to the company, uses smartphone dash cams and cellular technology to provide drivers real-time alerts to prevent vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian collisions.
The network is well-established in New York City and San Francisco and is ramping up in Las Vegas, according to the company.
The partnership with Nevada will maximize the benefits of Nexar’s existing network by increasing the number of users on Nevada roads and providing the state live-mapping capabilities through Nexar’s recently launched CityStream data platform, the company said.
“Leveraging the collective insight of government, academia and private industry is the cornerstone of Nevada CAM’s mission,” said Dan Langford, Innovation Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility. “The Nevada CAM-Nexar partnership represents an enormous opportunity to build upon those efforts so that Nevada – and ultimately other cities and states – can save lives and address key transportation issues through a cost-effective, market-based solution that benefits taxpayers.”
The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility and Nexar have outlined six key goals of the new partnership:
- Increase vehicular and pedestrian safety on Nevada roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that the implementation of V2V networks can help reduce crashes (not including those involving drivers under the influence) by 79 percent. Cars in the network receive real-time warnings of dangerous situations happening in and beyond an individual driver’s line of sight. Over time, the Nexar network crowdsources road dangers to all users and enables new vehicle-to-infrastructure use cases.
- Bring new jobs and business activity to Nevada. To support the statewide V2V network, Nexar expects to add more than a dozen new full-time jobs in Nevada as the network grows. Additionally, the establishment of the V2V network has the potential to support the growth of the transportation ecosystem and foster hundreds of additional jobs in technology, insurance, data management, software development and autonomous vehicle training, according to the two organizations.
- Introduce a series of “smart state” systems to support Nevada transportation policy, enforcement and infrastructure management. Nexar’s CityStream platform allows state and local transportation officials access to previously unavailable real-time, anonymous data related to roadway use, traffic patterns and compliance and transportation infrastructure. The data has the ability to help local governments improve safety, efficiency and system performance, and reduce CO2 emissions by identifying impediments to traffic flow, managing road infrastructure, identifying “hot spots”(where accidents are likely to happen) and generally informing a holistic road management policy (including pedestrian traffic and safety), according to Nexar.
- Offer enhanced fleet management capabilities to state and local governments. Nexar’s next-generation telematics allow state and local fleet managers to access live fleet mapping, driver scoring, advanced collision reporting and reconstruction, and hazard detection/automatic vehicle re-routing. These tools also have been demonstrated to mitigate risk for fleets, improve utilization, reduce fraud and expedite insurance claims, according to Nexar.
- Accelerate the adoption of autonomous vehicles. V2V is a critical safety feature that extends the line of sight and allows for communication between human drivers and autonomous vehicles. Nexar’s V2V network will accelerate Nevada’s move to autonomous driving by utilizing the first-ever live V2V (and V2X) network. As the network develops, Nexar will train Nevada traffic operations officials and help enable, monitor, manage and ultimately certify autonomous vehicles.
- Collaborate on “smart transportation” research projects with Nevada Research Institutes. Utilize the data set generated by Nexar to understand road velocities and traffic blockers, evaluate human braking effectiveness and generally inform a holistic road management policy (including pedestrian traffic and safety).
Nexar said it will begin focusing on local hiring immediately, and Nevada CAM-Nexar will collaborate on determining priority areas for deployment of the network in the state.