Xerox Researchers Full Throttle in Automotive

Several Xerox transportation solutions and analytics innovations will be demonstrated today as part of the grand opening of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s one-of-a-kind test site for connected and automated vehicles. The 32-acre testing facility is paving the way for a new mobility ecosystem that will completely change the way humans and cargo travel around.

Xerox will demonstrate its work in solving transportation problems of today and tomorrow, including:

  • CloudParc technology guides drivers to available parking spots using cameras and small computers mounted on traffic poles to track the availability of spaces and transmit the information to tablet devices within vehicles.
  • Vehicle Passenger Detection  (VPDS) uses video analytics to identify the number of occupants in a vehicle, which allows transportation and law enforcement agencies to monitor and enforce the use of High Occupancy Vehicle/High Occupancy Toll (HOV/HOT) lanes. This data is transmitted over a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) channel to signal to the driver if they are HOV/HOT qualified via a roadside sign and an in-vehicle display.
  • Merge®, a city-wide smart parking solution, enables guided parking, predictive enforcement, meter and pay-by-cell management, and demand-based pricing – all layered with analytics to increase parking program efficiencies and reduce traffic congestion.

“Data analytics is essential to providing the insight we need to make vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication a reality,” said Joe Averkamp, senior director, technology, policy, and technical strategy, Xerox. “Xerox can help cities handle the strategic information to build the necessary transportation networks to best manage urbanization, creating a distinct competitive advantage that will allow urban areas to flourish.”

The Ann Arbor, Mich. facility is the first controlled environment specifically designed to test connected and automated vehicle technologies in the world. The site is reflective of a typical city street with sidewalks, construction obstacles, traffic signals, parked cars and pedestrians.

To shape the future of urban mobility across the country, Xerox has a three-year partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Xerox is a member of the Mobility Transformation Center’s Leadership Circle along with State Farm, Honda, Nissan, Verizon, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Bosch, Econolite, Delphi Automotive PLC, DENSO Corporation, Iteris, Inc, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

UMTRI plans to establish a network of more than 20,000 connected and automated vehicles on the streets of Ann Arbor by 2021.

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