Citing concerns over an autonomous vehicle’s so-called ability to ‘read’ the road – such as changing road conditions like temporary lane changes – Magna is teaming up with Michigan’s Department of Transportation and 3M.
Magna said the project is the nation’s first vehicle-to-infrastructure connected work zone. A three-mile connected work zone will be set up along a section of I-75 in Oakland County, Mich., an area north-west of Detroit. Project findings are expected to play a key role in optimizing vehicle connectivity infrastructure on construction-related roadways going forward.
The partnership is expected to take place over the next several years as Magna lends its camera and secure connectivity expertise to the project. Magna will work with the department and 3M on connectivity and infrared camera technology. Engineers and developers from Magna will help interpret the data and make continuous improvements to improve the technology.
“We are working with (the department of transportation) and 3M to integrate technology that addresses issues such as the location of street signs, loss of internet connectivity or incorrect processing of vehicle-to-infrastructure information,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna’s chief technology officer. “Our contribution to the project will help uncover critical information needed to understand how vehicles communicate with roadway infrastructure.”