U.S. Senator Gary Peters test drives new connected car technology for safer roads

U.S. Senator Gary Peters test drives new connected car technology for safer roads

Michigan Senator Peters (middle) with Leland Key and Peter Esser from NXP at Washington AutoShow last week where NXP’s V2X car joined a road safety demo convoy.

Michigan Senator Peters (middle) with Leland Key and Peter Esser from NXP at Washington AutoShow last week where NXP’s V2X car joined a road safety demo convoy.

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. 

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US Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, meets with NXP CEO Rick Clemmer and NXP Automotive General Manager Kurt Sievers at CES 2016 in Las Vegas for a discussion on the mutual ambition of the U.S. government and NXP to make cars and cities smarter and safer.

Birgit Ahlborn
Birgit Ahlborn
Birgit Ahlborn is Director of PR & Communications for NXP’s global automotive business. Her stories focus on technologies for the securely connected, self-driving car of the future.

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