May 17, 2022

The UM Transportation Research Institute selects Iteris for its smart mobility initiative

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has selected Iteris for a $20 million smart mobility initiative. // Image bank

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has selected Iteris Inc., a technology ecosystem for managing smart mobility infrastructure based in Austin, Texas, for a smart mobility and safety initiative $20 million over three years.

As part of this program, Iteris will join public and private partners such as Continental, Ford, Toyota, Qualcomm, the city of Ann Arbor and Purdue University to develop its intelligent mobility infrastructure management technologies.

Half of the funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program, with the remainder provided by participants through a shared funding program.

Under terms of the agreement, Iteris will equip more than 20 signalized intersections in Ann Arbor with its industry-leading Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) detection technology as part of the Connected Vehicles and Smart Intersections program. of the UMTRI.

“One of the most promising aspects of this project is that we will be able to pave the way for a national deployment of connected and automated vehicles,” says Henry Liu, professor-researcher at UMTRI and director of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) and Mcity.

“With innovative smart mobility infrastructure management technology partners like Iteris, we will definitely demonstrate not only the technology, but also a clear path to infrastructure financing – both aspects necessary for national deployment. Additionally, the smart intersections project will deliver significant benefits from day one to early adopters, including saving lives of pedestrians. »

As part of the Connected Vehicle Safety program, Iteris and Continental will deploy their Vantage Fusion hybrid radar and video traffic detection technology at major signalized intersections. Vantage Fusion enables real V2X applications and advanced intersection visualization for safer, smarter and more sustainable roads. A pilot has already been deployed at Mcity at the University of Michigan as a first step in this process.

Vantage Fusion uses information generated by infrastructure sensors to enable cooperative perception capabilities. In addition to sharing a connected vehicle’s location with other V2X-enabled devices, cooperative perception messaging could allow that vehicle to also share what it detects – a pedestrian or a car, for example – with the rest of its connected environment.

“We are excited to play an ongoing role in the University of Michigan’s connected vehicle testing program, which will be critical in demonstrating the significant safety benefits of V2X-enabled detection systems,” said Todd Kreter, senior vice president and general manager of advanced sensors. technologies at Iteris.

“With the deployment of our Vantage Fusion sensing technology, the first solution to emerge from our partnership with Continental, we are proud to pave the way for national adoption of connected and automated vehicle technologies, and to make mobility safer, efficient and sustainable for all road users. ”