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Lear has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its partner to supply vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side and On-Board Units.  

The supplier has in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada Systems, for vehicle electrical technology required to connect vehicles to other vehicles and to roadside infrastructure, including hardware, software and cybersecurity. 

Lear has deployed road-side equipment in more than 20 locations across eight States and in five countries.

Wyoming is one of the US Department of Transportation’s pilot sites for connected vehicles, with a focus on trucking and highway driving in adverse weather conditions. 

In addition to supplying all related safety applications to the pilot programme, Lear’s E-Systems will supply its Locomate Roadstar product with features such as Dedicated Short-Range Communications, high-precision GPS, Wi-Fi, Security and more. 

Designed to withstand harsh environments, the Locomate Roadstar is the next generation of the product from Lear’s automotive connectivity portfolio. 

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“Lear is pleased to showcase our expertise with both in-vehicle and roadside infrastructure capabilities as well as our commitment to work closely with States such as Wyoming in order to provide vehicle connectivity solutions,” said Lear SVP and E-Systems business segment president, Frank Orsini.

“Our E-Systems team is focused on delivering innovations for automotive connectivity platforms, and our industry-leading vehicle connectivity product offering is the result of our global engineering talent bringing leading products to market.”

Lear was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products, with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.