Mobility companies team for hybrid traffic detection system

Smart mobility infrastructure management company, Iteris, and global mobility supplier, Continental, are launching a hybrid traffic detection system that enables real-world vehicle-to-everything (V2X) applications and advanced intersection visualisation.

Called Vantage Fusion, the video and radar detection system delivers detection, tracking and classification accuracy of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, with visualisation capabilities that reportedly enable top-down viewing of intersections in real time.

Traffic infrastructure collaboration

The launch of Vantage Fusion is the first solution from Iteris and Continental’s recently announced, future-oriented traffic infrastructure collaboration to leverage automotive sensors, and infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) connectivity to make city transportation systems across North America safer, more efficient and more sustainable. It also aims to support local and regional transportation agencies’ efforts to achieve their Vision Zero goals and preparing cities and automotive OEMs for advancements in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies.

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

The system is connected vehicle ready, with the ability to provide critical infrastructure data through V2X communications to connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), including through Iteris’ BlueToad Spectra CV. It is also fully compatible with VantageCare, Iteris’ detection health monitoring support service, as well as Iteris’ ClearGuide SPM and VantageLive and other third-party web and mobile-based traffic measurement applications.

The collaboration is focused on improving the current transportation infrastructure while working toward a more balanced, intelligent and optimised infrastructure that communicates seamlessly with the mobility ecosystem in the future thanks to expanded sensing capabilities.

“As we look to a future with more CAVs, the infrastructure will play a bigger role, demanding updates in sensing, connectivity and communication capabilities,” said Murali Srinivasan, vice president, passive safety and sensorics, Continental North America.

“The launch of Vantage Fusion is a testament to the combination of our long and proven history in safety sensorics with Iteris’ expertise in intelligent infrastructure management to deliver solutions that will contribute to greater environmental awareness and increased road user safety.”

Iteris and Continental’s solution also wants to contribute to “stronger V2X effectiveness” to help cities reach Vision Zero. The US Department of Transportation states that V2X technology has the potential to address approximately 80 per cent of unimpaired vehicle crashes. Roadway injuries and fatalities also impact people outside of vehicles.

According to the National Safety Council, in the US approximately 30 per cent of all road fatalities are vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and motorcyclists. Continental and Iteris said they are committed to helping the mobility industry realise this potential.