Similarly, Cohda’s CEO said earlier this year in an interview with Telematic News, “As the market grows and matures, Cohda will move away from being a hardware supplier to become a software licensing company.” He added, “This is evidenced by our recent announcements with both u-blox (who will license Cohda’s V2X module) and Siemens (to whom Cohda will be supplying road side units).”
Savari’s Sakamoto, acknowledging that Cohda is Savari’s potential competitor, said that it’s impossible for a single company to cover the whole gamut of V2X. “We are increasingly seeing us working together” depending on projects.
Savari offers advanced ITS applications in the form of plug-ins, which enable applications ranging from e-tolling, collision warning and pedestrian detection to traveller information alerts and transit signal priority. It covers not just V2V and V2I, but also V2P (Vehicle-to-Phone).
Operating systems to support the Savari SDK include Linux OS and now automotive-grade QNX.
Smart city challenge
To improve transportation infrastructure in communities isn’t just a pipe dream. Given the fact that more than 78 medium-sized U.S. cities applied for the DOT’s Smart City Challenge (issued in December, 2015), the idea appears to be catching on.
The DOT has pledged up to $40 million to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into its transportation network.
(Source: US DOT)
The winning city will be announced in June from seven finalists that include Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.
Savari’s Sakamoto said, “We’re planning to pitch our technology to every single one of those seven cities.”
About the author:
Junko Yoshida is Chief International Correspondent at EE Times