Audi assists Peachtree Corners to power smart city road infrastructure
Peachtree Corners—one of the nation’s first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure—and Audi of America Inc. are collaborating to advance cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) practical deployment pathways. This partnership will be part of the city’s Curiosity Lab ecosystem.
According to the companies, both Audi and Peachtree Corners see this as an opportune time to further deployment of C-V2X applications that allow vehicles to communicate with city-owned streets, traffic signals, crosswalk signals and other infrastructure, as well as with vulnerable road users (VRUs).
With Audi having recently received a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to deploy this advanced technology, both intend to fine-tune strategies to expand connectivity on public roadways for increased roadway safety, traffic efficiency, and more.
“We are honored to have been selected by Audi to define how automakers and cities can together unlock the future in the world’s most unique smart city environment, which includes the first-ever full C-V2X system to be implemented by a U.S. city,” said City of Peachtree Corners city manager Brian Johnson. “Our first official global vehicle manufacturer collaboration will be able to leverage our ‘city street of the future,’ which brings together the C-V2X vision in an unprecedented manner. This includes a top developer like Spoke, which is addressing the vulnerable road user part of the equation to make it safer for users such as cyclists. Together, we’re showcasing how important it will be for people, places, and things to communicate with each other to create tomorrow’s safer roads.”
Audi has been working with various private and public partners since 2020 to improve C-V2X technologies and protect vulnerable road users.
The automaker has worked on initial deployments with public authorities to address the safety of construction workers when vehicles approach a construction zone.
In addition, Audi has collaborated with various companies to develop C-V2X technologies to connect cars with school buses to improve the safety of children and to alert drivers of active school zones.
“Peachtree Corners’ smart city leadership makes it the perfect environment for us to confirm how the public sector and private sector can work together for the safety and other advantages that ready-to-deploy C-V2X technology can deliver,” said Brad Stertz, director, Audi government affairs. “With one of the most complete smart city ecosystems anywhere, this environment will enable us to demonstrate the latest technology Audi has to offer for improved ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, leading to enhanced connectivity, increased safety, and a better overall experience for the driver. It’s one of the only places where every aspect of C-V2X comes together, including interaction with connected autonomous vehicles and VRUs—as a reflection of how cities and roads will look into the future.”
For more information about this, visit www.curiositylabptc.com.