Will Colorado Roads Soon Be Connected?

Car accidents and virtual reality are about to collide

Have you heard of V2X technology? Known as vehicle-to-everything technology, V2X will connect all roadway vehicles to each other, allowing them to collaborate and improve our nation’s roadways. This revolution in traffic technology has the potential to decrease pollution, improve traffic flow and reduce traffic accidents. But did you know that Colorado is at the cutting-edge of this roadway revolution?

How Colorado’s Roads Are Becoming Connected

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Panasonic Corporation of North America are teaming up to make our state safer. After the successful deployment of a pilot program, CDOT and Panasonic are rolling out real-world implementations of V2X technology that’s going to change the way you drive.

By the end of 2018, the partnership hopes to have 100 roadside units placed along I-70 between Golden and Vail. These units will create a connected system allowing vehicles to communicate with each other and roadway officials to improve the safety of our roads. Traffic managers will receive information that will allow them to deploy emergency vehicles to crashes and send snow plows to iced-over roadways faster. These managers will even be able to send messages to drivers, warning them of traffic situations, road hazards and congestion.

Colorado is poised to be one of the first states in the country to deploy a V2X environment that will make this connectedness possible. Once fully deployed, this technology is expected to process some 2 billion safety messages an hour from vehicles all over the state. Such a powerful system could reduce accidents and injuries all over the state, but we still have a long way to go before this project is complete.

CDOT and Panasonic will continue to roll out roadside and mobile V2X units all across the state for the next few years. The project is slated to end in 2021, and by that time much of Colorado is expected to have these units established. Car manufacturers are expecting to have V2X systems on showroom vehicles by this time, and so Colorado could usher in the new age of automotive safety.

What do you think about the V2X system? Will it really be able to reduce pollution and improve safety out on the open road? Could it cause problems developers haven’t considered? Let our car accident attorneys know what you think and keep following our blog to learn more about this state of the art improvement to our traffic system.



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