Novi firm’s tech drives NYC connected vehicle project

NOVI—Novi-based Danlaw Inc. says its AutoLink aftermarket safety devices are being used by the New York City Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Project.

Danlaw develops connected city hardware and software that allows communication technology and sensor data to enable new traffic management and safety applications. Danlaw makes it possible to implement in-vehicle warning systems, traffic signal prioritization, and other road management initiatives that create safer and more connected cities.

New York City’s program seeks to manage vehicle speeds and reduce crash frequency and severity by deploying V2X technology, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

The bustling intersections and populous sidewalks of New York City pose a significant challenge to maintaining safe and efficient roadways. In order to provide drivers with critical safety information and driving advice, such as forward collision warning and left turn assist, the Connected Vehicle Project team chose Danlaw to supply AutoLink aftermarket safety devices (ASDs). AutoLink uses a secure variant of WiFi technology called Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) to reliably transmit safety messages between vehicles and infrastructure. AutoLink was selected based on its interoperability with all vehicle types and existing infrastructure, as well as Danlaw’s ability to accelerate the project’s deployment by providing on-site technical support.

The AutoLink ASD is also uniquely capable of managing NYC’s “urban canyon” environment, in which GPS accuracy is hindered by tall, densely packed buildings. AutoLink is integrated with the Cohda Wireless V2X stack and applications, including their V2X-Locate technology, to enable lane-level positioning accuracy in urban canyons where GPS alone is insufficient.

“We look forward to the Connected Vehicle deployment in New York City, which will be a driving factor in creating a safer transportation environment,” said Mohamad Talas, director of intelligent transportation systems management for NYC’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Project. “Our participation in developing the CV model for such a complex urban environment has provided us with the opportunity to be at the forefront of this technology—facing challenges, gaining experience, and accomplishing our goals.”

AutoLink is currently installed inside participating taxis, Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses, NYCDOT fleet vehicles, and other city service vehicles.  After successfully completing the NYCDOT’s Operational Readiness Demonstration and supplying an initial quantity of 4,100 AutoLink ASDs, Danlaw is poised to quickly scale to high volume production.

Danlaw’s AutoLink ASD was awarded OmniAir Consortium Certification earlier this year, ensuring that it is compatible with the 8,000 vehicles and 400 roadside units involved in the NYC pilot. Continued dedication to innovation and upholding critical interoperability standards is keeping Danlaw at the forefront of the mobility movement.

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