Continental and Iteris are “exploring” intelligent infrastructure to advance connected and automated vehicle technology with real-world vehicle-to-everything (V2X) products with the goal of enabling collective perception capabilities.

With the goal of readying cities for advancements in connected and automated vehicle technologies, the partnership is designed to help ensure safer and more efficient mobility.

“As we look to a future with more connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), the infrastructure will play a bigger role, demanding updates in sensing, connectivity and communication capabilities,” said Murali Srinivasan, head of passive safety and sensorics, Continental North America. “Our long and proven history in safety sensorics fits naturally with Iteris’ expertise in intelligent infrastructure management.”

The traffic infrastructure collaboration will use automotive sensors and infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) connectivity to make city transportation systems across North America more efficient while supporting local and regional transportation agency efforts to achieve ‘Vision Zero’ goals.

Information generated by the automotive sensors will be used to enable collective perception capability. In addition to sharing a connected vehicle’s location with other V2X-enabled devices, collective perception messaging enables a vehicle to also share what it senses – a pedestrian or car, for example – with the rest of its connected environment. The collaboration is focused on improving the current transportation infrastructure while working toward a more balanced, intelligent and optimised infrastructure that communicates seamlessly with the mobility ecosystem in the future thanks to expanded sensing capabilities.

“Historically, infrastructure and automotive development happened largely independent from one another. Our efforts will help blur that boundary, ensuring that sensor data can be used in new and important ways to create a fuller, real-time picture of a traffic situation,” Murali added.

In addition to offering more comfort and convenience to drivers, this safety-focused partnership can contribute to stronger V2X effectiveness – critical in reaching the goal of Vision Zero. The US Department of Transportation has said V2X technology has the potential to address approximately 80% of unimpaired vehicle crashes. Roadway injuries and fatalities also impact people outside of vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, in the United States approximately 30% of all road fatalities are vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and motorcyclists.