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European Test Drive Showcases the Future of Intelligent Traffic

NXP Semiconductors N.V. alongside leading industry partners and government officials, celebrated the completion of the ‘Communicating Cars’ test drive along the Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Corridor spanning Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

The ITS showcase ended in Helmond following a week-long tour which began in Munich with industry leaders and high-ranking politicians in attendance. The event saw a convoy of five Honda smart cars start its drive through 1,300 km of roads, including ITS test fields in Munich and Vienna, to Helmond. The cars, which were fitted with NXP secure communications technology, demonstrated the benefits of smarter traffic control including improved road safety and traffic flow.

Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, minister of infrastructure and environment, the Netherlands, welcomed the cars at the finish line in Helmond and took a test drive. The demonstration showed how the new technology could alert drivers to upcoming road works, oncoming emergency vehicles, pending speed limits and breaking of vehicles ahead, all allowing drivers to take the necessary precautions and avoid unnecessary accidents. This is in addition to the use cases showcased in Munich and Vienna which included traffic light communication, slippery road warning, pedestrian crossing warning, and slow vehicle warning.

Joachim Herrmann, minister of the interior, building and transport in Bavaria, commented: “The earlier a driver is informed of an existing traffic jam on the motorway or of an accident, and the more the driver knows about the traffic flow and the current weather conditions on the road, the fewer accidents will occur.”

Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, minister of infrastructure and environment, Netherlands: “The Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems Corridor initiative is an excellent example of European public-private partnership in action. The ‘Communicating Cars’ trial has been a living, breathing example of how we can all work together to make traffic in Europe smarter, safer and greener. We urge stakeholders to recognise the value of Communicating Cars and support this and other ITS initiatives as they strive to transform vehicle transportation across Europe.”

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