The city of Peachtree Corners and its Curiosity Lab has announced joint efforts to deploy end-to-end smart solutions to enable advanced traffic efficiency and roadside safety.
Jacobs, Peachtree Corners and Qualcomm Technologies are working together to deploy technology solutions, focusing initially on roadside infrastructure, traffic management and road safety, with the implementation of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology.
As a part of the working relationship, Qualcomm Technologies serves as ecosystem enabler by providing technology solutions, while Jacobs manages the installation commission project delivery.
According to Peachtree Corners, implementation of C-V2X within the smart city environment not only demonstrates the benefits of C-V2X communications in a real-world setting at scale but is also intended to showcase C-V2X’s safety critical communication capabilities needed to meet the evolving needs of transportation.
As a part of the programme, the city will work with Commsignia to feature roadside units (RSUs) equipped with Qualcomm Technologies’ C-V2X solution. Utility vehicles equipped with Qualcomm Technologies’ C-V2X solutions will also be utilised to demonstrate vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) direct communications.
“We’re delighted to welcome Qualcomm Technologies to Peachtree Corners – reinforcing our shared leadership in bringing the smart city vision to life,” said Brandon Branham, assistant city manager and chief technology officer of Peachtree Corners.
“We’ve always stressed the importance of smart connected infrastructure to support all parts of an ecosystem – from autonomous vehicles and shuttles deployed for residents, pedestrians crossing the road, smart traffic management, public safety to other areas of everyday life.”
He continued: “Qualcomm Technologies’ industry-leading C-V2X technologies will greatly elevate our infrastructure, making it second-to-none for both technology developers and our residents as we connect more of society and business.”
C-V2X direct communication is designed to serve as a key feature for safety and mobility applications. Additionally, C-V2X aids in enabling cleaner and sustainable mobility alternatives as the technology is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 5-20 per cent, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) suggests.
“This C-V2X programme with the Curiosity Lab and Jacobs not only highlights the ability to implement digital road infrastructure to optimise traffic and enable safer streets across global cities, but our continued commitment to offer advanced solutions for traffic safety,” said Sanjeet Pandit, senior director, business development and global head of smart cities, Qualcomm Technologies.
“This project is paving the way as an example of what communities can replicate and I expect these advanced end-to-end solutions to be an integral part of future smart city and smart connected spaces roll-outs.”
Smart city living laboratory
Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
The centrepiece of the lab is a 1.5-mile test and demo track which provides a real-world environment to explore emerging technologies. Additional infrastructure includes a network operations centre, smart poles, DSRC units, dedicated fibre and a 25,000 square foot tech incubator.