The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing 40 million USD in funding under its Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment programme.

This programme aims to advance the rollout of connected, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies to enhance road safety, mobility and efficiency.

Funding to accelerate and spur new deployments of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies
Funding to accelerate and spur new deployments of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies

V2X technologies enable vehicles and wireless devices to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure to provide warnings and traffic information that can help prevent accidents. This can include alerts related to intersections, red lights, curve speeds and roadway departures.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said:

We can and must use all the tools at our disposal to reduce the devastating loss of life on our nation’s roadways, and technology has a big role to play in that effort. Connected vehicle technology has the potential to save lives, and we are proud to provide this funding to help accelerate its development.

This funding aims to advance the full lifesaving potential of V2X communication, while also ensuring that connected technologies communicate securely across a variety of devices and platforms.

Successful projects may help assess the risks, overcome challenges and mitigate key uncertainties to facilitate initial deployments.

In turn, this will help deliver on the US’ mission to ensure nationwide interoperable connectivity on its roads.

Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt said:

V2X connectivity is a critical transformational technology that not only advances safety but also enhances mobility and efficiency. Accelerating V2X deployment now is a crucial step toward saving lives with connectivity. We’re working to make sure that no matter where you drive -- truly reliable and seamless connectivity will be in place.

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