U.S. connected vehicle conference debuts in March

Nov 30, 2011

U.K.-based Telematics Update is introducing a new conference devoted to transportation applications involving vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

In its latest 5-year Strategic Research Plan, the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed to using DSRC (dedicated short range communications) and other communications technologies in a broad range of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) applications, including safety, mobility, and issues impacting the environment.

DSRC V2X communications concept
(click to enlarge; source: US-DOT)


First U.S. V2X-dedicated conference

“V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility USA,” debuting March 20-21, 2012 in Michigan, will explore the potential of V2X communications to improve surface transportation’s safety, mobility, and environmental impact in the U.S. market.

According to this new conference’s organizers, “traffic congestion is an $87.2 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy, with 4.2 billion hours and 2.8 billion gallons of fuel spent sitting in traffic, the equivalent of one work week and three weeks’ worth of gas every year.”

“To add to this transportation issue, we also have a massive safety costs, both in terms of lives and economics,” explain the conference’s organizers. “There are over 5.8 million crashes per year on U.S. roadways, resulting in 37,000 deaths annually. These crashes have a direct economic cost of $230.6 billion.”

“There is a developing technology that could potentially save the U.S. economy over $300 billion annually and millions of lives,” the organizers continue. “V2X technology has the power to ease many of these issues as well offer an in-car connectivity option potentially with even lower latency than 4G LTE.”

“With the US DOT discussing how to mandate this technology (DSRC) for the automobile industry in the next few years, now is the time to understand its many capabilities and more importantly to build the partnerships necessary to succeed in this marketplace,” add the conference’s organizers. “The connected vehicle has entered into a new realm, where automotive safety, mobility, and infotainment can harmonize to improve the driver’s lifestyle, experience, and welfare.”

“V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility USA 2012” aims to provide a convenient venue for U.S. ITS stakeholders to network and discuss V2X solutions, business models, and emerging partnerships. The conference’s program will include more than 30 “expert speakers” addressing topics intended to “ensure your business is fully prepared for the emerging new era of intelligent transport and connected vehicles,” say organizers.

V2X topics to be addressed by the conference’s speakers and sessions will include:

  • Monetizing DSRC through probe data related opportunities
  • Can Cellular V2X meet the demands of safety
  • V2X and ADAS: complementary technologies to improve road safety
  • Building a secure backend infrastructure

Representatives of GM, Toyota, Volvo, Kia, Denso, BMW, Delphi, US DOT, AASHTO, and many other ITS industry leaders are expected to speak, exhibit, and attend.

Further info

Further details, including an agenda, list of presentations and speakers, and a downloadable PDF brochure may be found on the conference’s web page.

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