NXP Semiconductors is testing a next-generation congestion management system in Singapore.
Cars equipped with NXP's 3.5G telematics solution ATOP (automotive telematics on-board unit platform), a module that allows cost-efficient and flexible integration into automotive electronics, are collecting real-time traffic data via 3.5G mobile broadband.
The chip maker said that Singapore urban infrastructure is an ideal test bed for intelligent traffic solutions as the island-nation faces the mobility challenges of today's global megacities and aims to reduce pollution and congestion.
The ATOP module is the core of an On Board Unit (OBU). The OBU contains a GPS receiver that collects, with optimal privacy, real time data, such as the vehicle's exact location, and wirelessly feeds it to a back office. This allows service centres to calculate the fastest and most cost-effective route or advise drivers to choose the best means of transportation. The NXP technology can also wirelessly communicate with other cars and traffic signs to warn drivers of dangers ahead and advise on optimum speed.
3.5G communication has the bandwidth to accommodate congestion management schemes as well as other services to improve the traffic flow and road safety. In a second step, these can be complemented with car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication functionality.
A secure element is another key feature within this communication system. Financial-grade smart card technology allows for convenient and secure payment, regardless if public or individual transport. Furthermore, governments would not need to make heavy investments in communication infrastructures such as bulky toll gates or gantries.
"We are very pleased with the results of the Singapore trial so far as it proves that NXP technologies can help alleviate congestion and help manage peak-hour traffic, ultimately helping drivers to save costs and contribute to a greener environment," said Kin Wah Loh, executive vice president of global sales and marketing and general manager of NXP Semiconductors. Pleased with the success, NXP is working with governments worldwide who are investing in new smarter transportation systems.
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