Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can all take advantage of the cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology through Applied Information’s TravelSafely app. The app makes use of a smartphone’s existing 4G LTE data connection to communicate with the safety beacons alerting users via verbal cues. It tells users about traffic signals (through both redlight warnings and “get ready for green” timing notifications), school zones, speed limit violations and work zones.
By relying on current data connections, C-V2X technologies serve as a global solution for vehicle-to-everything communications.
“Smartphones will serve as a bridge technology while the vehicle manufacturers, like Ford, start embedding C-V2X technology. Smartphones will also provide drivers of older vehicles with connected safety messages that will only get better with 5G,” says Bill Wells, vice president of communications, Applied Information.
Thanks to these new infrastructure enhancements, the TravelSafely app can warn users if they’re about to run a red light, if they’re speeding in a school zone or if they’re sitting idle without noticing a traffic signal has turned green.
“This product upgrade means that the future of connected infrastructure is happening now and no longer just a future promise,” said Applied Information President Bryan Mulligan. “Roadway users and transportation system owners can benefit today from better connectivity and be fully prepared for advances in communication and for new mobility applications to come.”
Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory System platform also allows cities to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application. The app works with emergency vehicles, helping them to get to the scene of accidents quicker by communicating with traffic signals as well as others using the app. An added benefit for the county, the app and underlying technology also give traffic engineers smartphone access to signals for control and maintenance.
As the world moves towards a future of connected, smart cities, and self-driving vehicle technology, Arlington is making sure it doesn’t get left behind at the traffic light.