Audi Partners With Navistar To Improve Emergency Vehicle And School Bus Safety

Dustin Hawley | May 02, 2022

This week, Audi announced a partnership with Navistar to further develop and demonstrate potential safety-enhancing C-V2X technology in Navistar emergency vehicles. But they don’t just plan to use this technology on emergency vehicles - including school buses. 

The partnership allows Audi and Navistar to develop use cases and safety-enhancing demonstrations for the technology. These efforts will be conducted in close collaboration as members of the Volkswagen Group, with first deployments expected to begin in the summer.

Audi Partners With Navistar 4-27-22

Significant safety improvements in the transportation sector have been made in recent years. To further enhance driver safety, C-V2X technology could represent another major step forward in safer mobility for all drivers - including paramedics, patients, students, and beyond. Audi and Navistar will be working with Applied Information and Traffic Control Corporation. The group will research new methods to improve safety and driver information in school zones, particularly school bus stops and emergency vehicle situations. Approximately 25,000 school zone injuries and 100 fatalities are reported annually. A study of ambulance crashes over a 20-year period conducted by NHSTA estimates that an average of 1,500 injuries and 29 fatalities result from ambulance crashes every year.

To help prevent these outcomes, Audi and Navistar will team up to continue developing technology that will allow bus drivers to receive a visual and audible signal of an approaching vehicle that may not be able to stop when it's approaching a school bus stop. This warning is specifically designed to allow the bus driver to intervene and advise passengers to not get on or off the bus until it is safe to do so or inform passengers exiting the bus not to enter the roadway.

Audi vehicles equipped with the software can receive a visual and audible warning when an ambulance or other emergency vehicle is approaching. The directional warning is intended to help direct drivers to get out of the way sooner than in typical situations - where the emergency vehicle is only visible in the direct line of sight of other drivers.

This technology can potentially help improve safety for both emergency vehicle operators and drivers altogether. Further details on the project to come.

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