Thanks to a consortium of automotive manufacturers, state investment and university research, Michigan drivers have a permanent co-pilot on their regular drive to work or school. This life-saving tool known as a Connected Vehicle Environment or Smart Corridor supplies drivers with information about sudden changes in road conditions, unexpected weather patterns or even signal when the car in front of them slams on the brakes or is about to run a red light.
The Michigan Department of Transportation, General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan created a series of connected freeways in Southeast Michigan to test ways for vehicles to communicate with nearby infrastructure and other vehicles to move traffic along smoothly, prevent crashes and improve safety. Since 2014, MDOT and its partners have installed more than 120 miles of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology on some of the busiest roadways around the Motor City.
The project, which hopes to expand through investment, additional manufacturers as well as new partnerships to 350 miles by the end of 2018, could provide drivers with a host of information through their vehicles, including forward collision warnings, left-turn assist, work-zone warnings, signal phase and timing and border-wait applications. When completed, it will be the largest deployment of connected vehicle and highway technology in the country. As a result, these Smart Corridors could be