V2X provider, Autotalks and RoyalTek, a global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite navigation company, are teaming to develop a solution for vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) technology.

Vehicles equipped with Autotalks’ V2X chipset will be able to ‘talk to’ RoyalTek’s OMEN, also equipped with the chipset, using 5.9GHz WAVE/DSRC technology.

OMEN is designed as a phone case to be used by pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and people with disabilities. OMEN’s software is developed by ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), a Taiwan based R&D organisation, which has been active in V2X software development since 2008.

Autotalks says in 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the US, while more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2013. Pedestrians are also 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.

“RoyalTek created OMEN to save pedestrian lives without compromising customer  security and comfort, ” said RoyalTek’s president, Jacky Chen. “We offer an easy-to-use and carry, totally secure, V2P solution.

“The high level of integration offered by Autotalks is the only viable solution for our product concept taking into consideration its security, size and power consumption.”

“Autotalks’ vision is based on improving road safety and saving lives,” said Autotalks CEO, Hagai Zyss. “This concept designed by RoyalTek to address the important V2P use-case, not only helps prevent accidents, but helps safeguard those who are most vulnerable.”