Ford is investing in an exclusive corridor for autonomous vehicles connected to 40 kilometers of highway

Ford is investing in an exclusive corridor for autonomous vehicles connected to 40 kilometers of highway


Startup Cavnue is developing a first-of-its-kind connected belt for self-driving cars in Michigan (home of 75% of US R&D investment) and it just came out. plant million dollar investment led by Ford. The automaker participated in the 130 million US dollars (something over R$ 642 million) obtained by the project that will be developed in the 40 km area of ​​the American highway I-94.

More precisely, the lane will be reserved for connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) traveling between the cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor. In the future, the idea is to expand the project even further, including the prospect of expanding to the entire United States.

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The move will be based on technologies such as vehicle communication to infrastructure, helping to guide cars and trucks in busy areas and traffic more efficiently. “We will prove to the world that we can create a driving environment for advanced vehicles that is safer and more efficient than the normal highway,” said Tyler Duvall, CEO of Cavnue.

With Ford as one of its main sponsors, the startup will use Ford vehicles and the manufacturer’s autonomous driving systems to develop and demonstrate the connected corridor. Ford’s technical team will help Cavnue understand original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements and accelerate the development of the digital infrastructure needed to communicate with CAV, including defining messaging, discovery requirements and protocols.

Currently, Duvall is still in talks with US lawmakers (for details and legal clearances on the highway corridor). The executive hopes these issues will be resolved by 2024 or 2025, before starting the pilot program.

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