It’s not just the birds chirping around Peachtree Corners this spring. It’s the traffic lights, too.
T-Mobile, Applied Information and Temple, Inc. recently teamed up to introduce 5G-connected vehicle technology that enables select Peachtree Corners traffic signals to communicate with any vehicle on the road.
This cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology enables two-way communication on T-Mobile’s 5G network between the traffic signal and devices such as smartphones, tablets and vehicles equipped with on-board-units.
The TravelSafely smartphone app gives advance warning to avert running red lights and alerts to get ready for green lights. Additionally, public safety vehicles can ask the traffic signal for a green light or green light preemption or priority.
“As another strong reflection of Peachtree Corners’ leadership as an innovative smart city in the United States, we’re excited to offer smart connected infrastructure relevant to our citizens, city employees and visitors by enabling any vehicle to receive communications from 5G-connected traffic signals,” said Brian Johnston, city manager of Peachtree Corners. “Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology isn’t just a concept here, it’s a reality that all people can experience just by downloading an app on their smartphones. This is the city street of the future, reminding us how important it will be for key elements of a city to communicate with each other to elevate safety and improve the daily lives of residents.”
In addition to English, the app provides the warnings and alerts in Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, French and German – depending on the phone settings of the user.
“The evolution from 4G to 5G brings revolutionary advances in the performance of connected vehicle applications,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information and executive director of the iATL. “This powerful collaboration enables the industry to accelerate the pace of change for the better and make for safer travel for all.”
Curiosity Lab is home to real-world applications and testing of next generation mobility and autonomous platforms. For example, four Beep, Inc.-operated autonomous shuttles roaming the city have integrated Applied Information’s C-V2X technology into their fleet for safe and precise navigation, as well as real-world data collection. Multi-modal interoperability at intersections, as well as testing signal prioritization for the autonomous shuttle fleet, are just a few examples of critical situations being tested.
Read more about this C-V2X deployment here.
As the mobility technology industry continues to grow and churn out innovative solutions, the ability to test these innovations in a real-world environment will be paramount. That is what Curiosity Lab offers.
The Lab includes a 5G-enabled three-mile autonomous vehicle test track and smart city laboratory within an existing 500-acre technology park where thousands of people and vehicles interact with the track and its technology every day.
Testing is free and open to all technology companies from early stage startups to Fortune 500. Learn more about Curiosity Lab’s testing infrastructure here.