From Capitol Hill to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, NXP took its autonomous driving and secure connected car technology through the streets for an on-road demonstration during the Washington Auto Show.
Several dignitaries, including U.S Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, rode inside a car equipped with NXP’s vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology – technology that will make our roads safer and infrastructure smarter.
The event followed on the heels of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s announcement about the U.S. government’s nearly $4 billion commitment to accelerate development and adoption of autonomous vehicles. As part of the program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will work with industry stakeholders within six months to develop guidance on safe operation of autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, automakers were asked to share ideas on how the government could help to speed their development.
As legislation is underway, there’s high interest in how secure connected car technologies can reduce the 1.3 million fatal road accidents on global roads. NXP invited Senator Peters and other political decision makers to experience NXP solutions from a test drive that included several vehicle-to-x technology demos in action. The demos showed how the car could detect and alert approaching and potentially colliding cars, icy road conditions, and upcoming road construction. One of the demos provided the test driver with the optimum speed for catching the green light at the next traffic crossing.