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by Shane Stokes
July 28, 2017
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In what could be a major boost to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, the Australian tech firm Cohda Wireless has begun conducting tests of its new technology on city streets. Called VSP (vehicle to pedestrian) technology, it uses mobile phone networks to provide an early-collision warning to a driver while also alerting a pedestrian or cyclist via a smartphone app.
One situation where it is believed to be beneficial is when a driver is approaching a blind corner and a pedestrian or cyclist are crossing the adjacent street. Other scenarios tested are when cars and cyclists are both approaching a blind corner, when a car is reversing out of a driveway and when a car is approaching a pedestrian crossing.
“Giving vehicles 360-degree situational awareness and sharing real-time driving information is the only way we can create safer roads for the future,” said Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray. “Cohda’s ongoing partnership with Telstra also demonstrates Cohda’s ability to deliver Cellular- V2X (C-V2X) solutions, an important part of the complete V2X system.”
The technology was originally envisaged to enable those driving cars and motorcycles to detect each other more easily than usual. The tests have been carried out in Adelaide.
“The most important outcome of V2X technology is the increased safety for road users, as the impact of human error can be minimised by helping vehicles communicate with each other and react to their surroundings,” said Telstra Chief Technology Officer Håkan Eriksson. “This is the first time V2P technology has been trialled in Australia on a 4G network, and is an important step on the journey to fully-autonomous vehicles on Australian roads.”
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