THEA Partners with Hyundai for Connected Vehicle Deployment
We are excited to announce our partnership with Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) to use Connected Vehicle (CV)-ready Hyundai vehicles in the CV Pilot deployment. The Hyundai America Technical Center is focused on research and development. They share our passion for engineering excellence and technological advancement. Working together, we will demonstrate how auto manufacturers who equip their vehicles with CV technology, can and do, interact with the CV equipment already deployed for our pilot program.
The THEA CV Pilot Program began in 2015 when the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $17 million contract to test and deploy connected vehicle technology in Downtown Tampa in 2015. Our program has the ambitious goal of utilizing cutting-edge technology to transform the experience of drivers, transit riders, and pedestrians in downtown Tampa by preventing crashes, enhancing safety, and improving traffic flow.
Since the pilot began, we have equipped 1,200 Selmon Expressway commuter vehicles, 10 HART buses, and 8 streetcars with wireless communication devices to communicate with each other and also with the 46 roadside signal units placed in strategic study locations. These roadside units provide dedicated bandwidth and are the platform for the partnership’s safety and traffic management messages.
Why partner with Hyundai?
“Hyundai has steadily invested in research and development furthering our commitment towards future innovations,” said John Robb, Director, Connected Systems, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. “Working together with government, organizations such as THEA and industry for the advancement of safety and mobility through automated vehicle technology, encourages viable applications for future V2X efforts.”
What does the partnership between THEA and Hyundai entail?
Hyundai and THEA will hold a demonstration to showcase how Hyundai vehicles interact with the CV Pilot vehicles and with the roadside units. This demonstration will show how auto manufacturers who equip their vehicles with state-of-the-art CV technology can help drivers to avoid hazards and other potential factors affecting pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle safety.
To learn more about the THEA CV Pilot, please visit our website: https://www.tampacvpilot.com