Detroit’s Savari Inc. Advances Cellular Vehicle-to-everything Technology

Savari Inc. has continued to develop its cellular vehicle-to-everything technology. // Photograph Courtesy of Savari Inc.

Savari Inc., a Silicon Valley-based auto tech company that has an office in Detroit, Monday announced continued momentum in the development of its cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) direct communication technology.

Savari pioneered vehicle-to-everything radio technology and has been developing its StreetWAVE 2000 RSU and the Savari MobiWAVE C-V2X software stack.

“C-V2X is ready to improve road safety with deployment in production vehicles and road infrastructure as soon as 2020, leveraging a state-of-the-art proven radio with decade-long developed automotive software protocols,” says Christoph Voigt, chairman of 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), an international cross-industry organization of companies from the automotive, technology, and telecommunication industries.

Savari is the first stack provider to have joined and supported the 5GAA.

The company completed a $12-million Series B funding round in 2018 led by Aviva Ventures, which plans to develop autonomous vehicle insurance models by integrating Savari’s V2X analytics with its advanced data platform.

Additionally, Savari has been working with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. to deliver a comprehensive C-V2X solution and roadside units. Savari provides software components for C-V2X modules featuring the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.

Demos of Savari’s technology have been completed in the U.S., Shanghai, Paris, and Japan. In Washington, D.C., the company’s products were demonstrated in Audi and Ford vehicles equipped with the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution in scenarios with obstructed or no visibility.

In Denver, Panasonic Corp. of North America joined Ford, Qualcomm Technologies, and the Colorado Department of Transportation to unveil the first real-world application of C-V2X technology connecting the vehicle, roadways, and a regional traffic management center in Denver. Connected Ford vehicles operated on C-V2X-equipped roadways in the area around Panasonic’s CityNOW headquarters in Denver.

Savari completed certifications to comply with Chinese and European standards for information and communication technologies.

“Savari continues to lead the worldwide market for automotive and infrastructure products, and in 2018, we were able to advance our V2X solutions through partnerships with other market leaders such as Qualcomm Technologies, General Motors, Ford, Audi, BMW, SAIC, Great Wall Motors, and others to demonstrate successful real-world applications globally,” says Ravi Puvvala, CEO of Savari. “These relationships combined with our industry certifications and Series B funding will fuel our momentum in the coming year as we work toward our goal of delivering the benefits of road safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency to the general public.”

The company’s goal is to make roadways and vehicles safer by deploying advanced wireless sensor technologies and software. It is showcasing its products at CES 2019, a technology show taking place this week in Las Vegas.

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