Savari Deploys SmartCross V2P Mobile App For NYC Connected Vehicle Project

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 11, 2020
  • Savari announced recently that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will deploy the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) solution

Savari, a company known for deploying advanced wireless sensor technologies and software, announced recently that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will deploy the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) solution as part of its NYC Connected Vehicle Project. The system leverages Savari’s cloud-based software to bring pedestrians into the Connected Vehicle (CV) landscape.

This is considered the first real-world deployment of SmartCross, which was initially developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). And this technology helps people with impairments use crosswalks more confidently by providing relevant information to drivers and pedestrians when they need it.

The mobile phone app — along with the Savari cloud software — is fully integrated into the traffic management systems and provides critical information regarding the intersection geometry and traffic light status to pedestrians who may otherwise be distracted.

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This technology has the capability to alert V2X-enabled vehicles of potential conflict with pedestrian movements. Since most smartphones do not have the positioning accuracy needed for such applications, Savari has developed a mobility tag that provides its smartphone application with greatly enhanced location precision and accuracy.

And this first real-world deployment is yet another testimony to Savari’s leadership in V2X technologies. NYC’s deployment will serve as a model for major U.S. cities looking to improve the safety of their roadways. And Connected Vehicle technology like the SmartCross app from Savari is helping NYC reach its Vision Zero goals to eliminate traffic-related deaths and reduce crash-related injuries and damage to both the vehicles and infrastructure. NYC’s Connected Vehicle Project is primarily focused on safety applications that rely on Mobility or V2P, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

“The Savari approach is unique in terms of taking a ubiquitous device, such as the smartphone, and aiming to turn it into a potential safety enhancement system on the road,” said Savari CEO Ravi Puvvala. “Savari continues to push the envelope in terms of what is possible with V2X, and we are proud to be working with NYCDOT on this program as a way to enable the communications between vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians, which is so essential to building smart cities.