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Several Xerox transportation solutions and analytics innovations are being demonstrated at Mcity, the University of Michigan’s new test environment for connected and automated vehicles. (Earlier post.)

Xerox demonstrations include:

  • CloudParc technology guides drivers to available parking spots using cameras and small computers mounted on traffic poles to track the availability of spaces and transmit the information to tablet devices within vehicles.

  • Vehicle Passenger Detection System (VPDS) uses video analytics to identify the number of occupants in a vehicle, which allows transportation and law enforcement agencies to monitor and enforce the use of High Occupancy Vehicle/High Occupancy Toll (HOV/HOT) lanes. This data is transmitted over a Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) channel to signal to the driver if they are HOV/HOT qualified via a roadside sign and an in-vehicle display.

  • Merge, a city-wide smart parking solution, enables guided parking, predictive enforcement, meter and pay-by-cell management, and demand-based pricing—all layered with analytics to increase parking program efficiencies and reduce traffic congestion.

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    The Ann Arbor, Mich. facility is the first controlled environment specifically designed to test connected and automated vehicle technologies in the world. The site is reflective of a typical city street with sidewalks, construction obstacles, traffic signals, parked cars and pedestrians.

    To shape the future of urban mobility across the country, Xerox has a three-year partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Xerox is a member of the Mobility Transformation Center’s Leadership Circle along with State Farm, Honda, Nissan, Verizon, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Bosch, Econolite, Delphi Automotive PLC, DENSO Corporation, Iteris, Inc, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

    UMTRI plans to establish a network of more than 20,000 connected and automated vehicles on the streets of Ann Arbor by 2021.


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