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Nevada aims to have first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle network

Steve Rogerson
June 1, 2017



Nevada looks set to have the first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle network in the USA following a collaboration with Israeli company Nexar.
 
The aim is to reduce collisions and lay the groundwork for the improved infrastructure needed for a future of smart cities and autonomous vehicles.
 
The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM) and Nexar announced the strategic partnership that will create a statewide V2V network. This collaboration is designed to enhance safety on Nevada’s roads and highways, spur economic development and job creation in the state, and introduce a series of smart transportation systems that will optimise infrastructure management, regional planning and inform policy throughout Nevada.
 
Nexar’s V2V network, which has shown 24 per cent reduction in collisions since its inception, uses smartphone dashcams and cellular technology to provide drivers real-time alerts to prevent vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian collisions. The network is established in New York City and San Francisco and is building up in Las Vegas. The partnership with Nevada will increase the benefits of Nexar’s existing network by increasing the number of users on Nevada roads and providing the state live mapping capabilities through Nexar’s recently launched CityStream data platform.
 
"We are thrilled to enter into this innovative partnership with the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility," said Eran Shir, co-founder and CEO of Nexar. “I want to commend Nevada for being a leader in vehicular safety, and for recognising the many other benefits – such as accelerated adoption of autonomous vehicles and the development of tools for advanced mobility and smart cities – that the vehicle-to-vehicle network can enable.”
 
Nevada CAM, established in 2016 by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, creates mobility opportunities for visitors, residents and industry.
 
“Leveraging the collective insight of government, academia and private industry is the cornerstone of Nevada CAM’s mission,” said Dan Langford, innovation director of Nevada CAM. “The Nevada CAM-Nexar partnership represents an enormous opportunity to build upon those efforts so that Nevada – and ultimately other cities and states – can save lives and address key transportation issues through a cost-effective, market-based solution that benefits taxpayers.”
 
The goal is by 2020 to generate data covering 400 million kilometres on a weekly basis. Throughout the partnership, Nevada CAM and Nexar will continue to work together to identify additional opportunities with state, city and private vehicle fleets as well as consumers to expand the V2V network.
 
 “This is an exciting partnership because it is this type of innovative technology that can help make our roads safer while providing real-time data on roadway use and traffic patterns, which is invaluable to our transportation planners as they make decisions regarding policy and infrastructure needs," said Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. "Regional partnerships and collaborative data sharing ventures like this are integral to creating a smart transportation network that is safer and more efficient.”
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that the implementation of V2V networks can help reduce crashes, not including those involving drivers under the influence, by 79 per cent. Cars in the network receive real-time warnings of dangerous situations happening in and beyond an individual driver’s line of sight. Over time the Nexar network crowdsources road dangers to all users and enables new vehicle-to-infrastructure use cases. ?
 
To support the statewide V2V network, Nexar expects to add more than a dozen full-time jobs in Nevada as the network grows. Additionally, the establishment of the V2V network has the potential to support the growth of the transportation ecosystem and foster hundreds of additional jobs in technology, insurance, data management, software development and autonomous vehicle training. ?
 
The CityStream platform allows state and local transportation officials access to previously unavailable real-time, anonymous data related to roadway use, traffic patterns and compliance, and transportation infrastructure. The data have the ability to help local governments improve safety, efficiency and system performance, and reduce CO2 emissions by identifying impediments to traffic flow, managing road infrastructure, identifying hot spots where accidents are likely to happen, and generally informing a holistic road management policy including pedestrian traffic and safety. ?
 
Nexar’s telematics allow state and local fleet managers to access live fleet mapping, driver scoring, advanced collision reporting and reconstruction, and hazard detection and automatic vehicle re-routing. These tools have also been demonstrated to mitigate risk for fleets, improve utilisation, reduce fraud and expedite insurance claims.
 
V2V is a critical safety feature that extends the line-of-sight and allows for communications between human drivers and autonomous vehicles. The V2V network will accelerate Nevada's move to autonomous driving by using the live V2V and V2X network. As the network develops, Nexar will train Nevada traffic operations officials and help enable, monitor, manage and ultimately certify autonomous vehicles. ?
 
The data set generated by Nexar will be used to understand road velocities, traffic blockers, evaluate human braking effectiveness, and generally inform a holistic road management policy including pedestrian traffic and safety. ?
 
Nexar will immediately begin focusing on local hiring, and Nevada CAM and Nexar will collaborate on determining priority areas for deployment of the network in the state. Visitors and residents of Nevada interested in making roads safer and more efficient are encouraged to download the Nexar app from Google Play or Apple App stores.