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Motorola, Michigan DOT ink pact on wireless network

Posted by iTech - 2005-11-09

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Motorola Inc. has signed a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) after successful deploying its Motodrive wireless network architecture that aims to support the U.S. government's Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) initiative.

Motorola (Schaumburg, Ill.) and the State of Michigan are exploring how to establish a roadside network that can reduce traffic accidents and road congestion by wirelessly connecting vehicles to the roadside and to other vehicles. The effort is part of the trend toward intelligent vehicle systems.

Motorola's Motodrive architecture assembles components and technologies that quickly, securely, and reliably send large amounts of wireless data from transmitter devices, which are mounted on light poles along the roadside, to cars equipped with on-board devices. The cars are also able to send data to the pole-mounted devices, and can even send and receive data to and from surrounding vehicles.

MDOT is helping fund the deployment of the Motorola system in Southfield as part of the State of Michigan's ongoing investment in real-world testing of practical Vehicle Infrastructure Integration applications. Motorola's test bed network is fully functional and MDOT began evaluating communications between select test vehicles, traffic signals and other traffic management devices last week.

By adding the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration components at an additional, incremental cost, MDOT is supporting the research and development efforts of private sector technology firms as well as OEMS.



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