Fulton County Schools and Audi's Connected Vehicle Deployment Boost School Safety
GEORGIA - The Blue Bird Corporation is working to develop a C-V2X technology that will "talk" with Audi vehicles to help prevent school bus accidents and alert Audi vehicles to active school zones to protect children from pedestrian accidents. The Blue Bird Corporation and Atlanta's Fulton County School System have teamed up to pilot the C-V2X deployment.
According to the news report, pedestrian accidents and "schooltime" transportation account for an average of 25,000 injuries each year. The cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is designed to reduce motor vehicle hazards that defenseless school children face during the school year.
Audi thinks the C-V2X technology can produce meaningful safety gains by alleviating the traffic risks that face vulnerable pedestrians. Children are at substantial risk for injury or death in school zones when motor vehicles are present. In many cases, drivers fail to yield to pedestrians, and stop-arm violations continue to be a danger to school kids.
The C-V2X technology may be programmed to alert drivers of an upcoming school bus stop. The C-V2X technologies use direct (PC5) and indirect (Uu) low-latency cellular signals to "see" where vehicle sensors and drivers cannot always see, such as around turns or over hills. In essence, the technology broadcasts a signal that is read by other vehicles. The signal lets the driver know there is a bus stop or bus near them so that the driver can slow down or be prepared to stop. One day the system may also slow or stop the vehicles automatically in self-driving vehicles. The program will also warn drivers when they are about to drive into an active school zone or alert the driver if they are exceeding the speed limit via audio alerts and instrument displays.
According to Trey Stow, the Director of Transportation Services for Fulton County Schools stated, "We hope this test helps provide information that enhances safety for our students and community in the future."
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