City of Las Vegas fleet vehicles are being installed with the vehicle-to-city communication technology. Photo courtesy of City of Las Vegas

City of Las Vegas fleet vehicles are being installed with the vehicle-to-city communication technology. Photo courtesy of City of Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas is piloting a connected vehicle project using its fleet cars in an effort to increase pedestrian safety and traffic flow. One of the goals of the GENIVI-Las Vegas Connected Vehicle Pilot is to develop a vehicle-to-city communication approach that multiple cities can use.

Participating vehicles have in-vehicle technology that captures information and connects it to a city-hosted server. The software combines vehicle data — such as speed — with city information such as crosswalk and bus stop locations, then provides actionable messages to the driver. The driver sees a user interface that displays graphical icons based on vehicle status and provides audible output when the vehicle status changes.

The pilot is targeting areas where safety can be improved, including alerts or warnings for bus stops, high-risk areas, speeding, and traffic stopped ahead incidents.

The first vehicle had the technology installed on June 15, with 15 additional vehicles scheduled for installation in August. By October, project leaders plan to have more than 100 vehicles participating. All vehicle data is archived for trend analysis, and the data can provide the city with insights for future planning and infrastructure growth.

In addition to the City of Las Vegas and GENIVI, other project partners and participants include the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility, the Nevada Department of Transportation, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Harman International, Hortonworks, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volvo Cars.

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