The University of Michigan opened M-City, the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market autonomous vehicles.
Verizon is among 15 ‘leadership circle’ companies, which include some of the world’s top automakers, insurance and tech giants, who have joined forces with the university to help fuel research, development and innovation in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle- to-infrastructure communications.
Amit Jain, director of corporate strategy, IoT verticals at Verizon emphasizes that the convergence of public and private collaboration is the key ingredient needed to advancing innovation in telematics as part of the internet of things (IoT) ecosystem.
“Placing the onus on OEMs only to deploy technologies such as dedicated short range communications(DSRC), for example, could take up to 37 years according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). That’s why creating opportunities like M-City to pool research and share best practices to expedite innovation is so important.”
Jain also says that consumer expectations for increasing integration between mobility and IoT-enabled solutions are another key factor.
“Consider the fact that there are more than 30,000 fatalities in the US annually caused by vehicle accidents – of which 14 percent of those fatalities involve pedestrians. As part of our participation in M-City, we will be involved in tailored research to explore how smart phones can be used to further enhance vehicle-to-pedestrian communications.”