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Auto Industry Players Supporting U-M Research Center

Companies give $1 million to aid connected car programs.

by on Sep.17, 2014

Testing and developing connected and automated vehicles like these will be the focus of the Mobility Transformation Center at the University of Michigan.

More than a dozen companies are throwing their support – and dollars – behind the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center and its plans to research and develop connected and automated vehicles.

A mix of automakers, suppliers, communications and technology companies – called the Leadership Circle – have pledged more than $1 million during the next three years to help the center, also known as the MTC, expand research program. Additional companies, known as affiliates, are also participating.

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“We are on the threshold of a transformation in mobility that the world hasn’t seen since the introduction of the automobile a century ago,” said Dr. Peter Sweatman, director of the MTC. (more…)

U-M Escalating Connected Car Research

Mobility Transportation Center leading the efforts.

by on Apr.30, 2014

The University of Michigan is about to begin a new wave to testing connected cars to improve their future viability.

The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents is ready to approve a new project that will help make the university one of the centers for the study of connected car technology in North America.

Jim Sayer of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said the rapid development of connected-vehicle technology and the potential it has to improve transportation safety, driver accessibility, optimize mobility and reduce vehicle crashes is compelling technology.

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Going forward, automotive engineers will need to be familiar with connected vehicle technology, he said. Located on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, new Mobility Transportation Center will be supported by the university, the State of Michigan and several corporate backers with an interest in the technology. (more…)

Sirius Becomes Biggest Telematics Provider with Agero Acquisition

Satellite radio provider spends $530 Million to Expand Presence.

by on Aug.16, 2013

SiriusXM is making a move to expand its presence in the telematics industry.

Telematics and connected vehicle solutions are key elements in the future of the auto industry. Sirius XM Radio plans to spend $530 million on an acquisition that will expand its ability to provide those services

Sirius XM Radio, which is now available on millions of vehicles, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the connected vehicle services business of Agero Inc.

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“The acquisition of Agero’s connected vehicle business is a natural fit for Sirius XM. As the world’s leading provider of in-vehicle subscription services, SiriusXM is uniquely positioned to offer world-class end-to-end telematics services,” said Jim Meyer, chief executive officer, SiriusXM. (more…)

Car-to-Car Link Could Cut Collisions by 80%

Feds to test new technology and could soon mandate it.

by on Apr.27, 2012

David L. Strickland was sworn in January 4, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. As the Senior Counsel for the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, he was the lead staff person for the oversight of NHTSA, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He also served as the lead Senate staff person in the formulation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) reforms and standards included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He held a staff leadership role in the 2005 reauthorization of NHTSA in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -- a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

NHTSA chief David Strickland believes connected vehicle technologies could save thousands of lives.

Technologies allowing cars to “talk” to one another could cut the highway collision rate by as much as 80%, sharply reducing the number of injuries and fatalities, according to the nation’s top automotive safety regulator.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now working with auto manufacturers to test the viability of vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems and, if successful, could mandate the use of the technology, according to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

Such technology could alert one driver that another is about to run a red light or send a warning to all nearby vehicles that there’s an icy patch of pavement ahead.

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“Our research shows that these technologies could help prevent a majority of the collisions that typically occur in the real world, such as rear-end collisions, intersection crashes, or collisions while switching lanes,” said Strickland during an appearance at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual SAE World Congress.

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USDOT to Host Driver Clinics for Connected Vehicles

Experts say Intellidrive could save lives, fuel.

by on May.18, 2011

The next big safety breakthrough could come from having vehicles talk to each other - a concept called IntelliDrive.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host six clinics across the country to introduce drivers to vehicle-to-vehicle communications aimed at reducing traffic accidents and saving lives.

The first clinic will be at Michigan International Speedway in August. MIS has been the site of testing by companies that are developing the technology.

The remaining clinics will be held in Minneapolis, Orlando, FL, Blacksburg, VA, Dallas and San Francisco.

Researchers are developing systems that would allow cars to connect with other vehicles as well as infrastructure to reduce accidents as well as improve efficiency. In fact, some experts say that accident-free roads are possible.

Click here to read a story about the debate over connected vehicles.

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