LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM) and its partners, including the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), are calling on technology solution providers to submit, via a Request for Information (RFI), creative approaches, technologies and products to improve pedestrian safety in southern Nevada, where pedestrian fatalities are rising as the community grows.
The RFI seeks to go beyond traditional approaches and investigate new technology options to improve pedestrian safety. The technology needs to be at or beyond prototype development stage and ready for deployment. These solutions will take advantage of existing and future connected infrastructure, and new vehicle technologies.
“Because of our unprecedented partnerships, cooperation and location, we are fertile ground for entrepreneurs and researchers to respond to this critically important RFI,” said Steve Hill, executive director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “For example, the RTC’s Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation (FAST) already has the technology to communicate with computer and internet-connected vehicles at traffic signals to provide helpful feedback not only to motorists, but to pedestrians’ smartphones. I look forward to seeing what leading technology providers can offer as solutions to further these efforts, and ultimately keep our pedestrians safer.”
Nevada CAM, a unique collaboration of state, regional and local entities, partnered specifically with the RTC, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), in this RFI to combat rising pedestrian fatalities. The region’s safety challenges include wide streets (up to seven lanes), flat roadways, speed limits of 45 mph or more, and fewer marked crosswalks due to long stretches of road between traffic signals.
“Education, engineering and enforcement have been the conventional approach to pedestrian safety,” said RTC General Manager Tina Quigley. “However, Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley specifically, are on the leading edge of developing technology for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and intelligent infrastructure to move people and goods more efficiently and safely.”
Nevada CAM brings together industry, government and academia to develop and deploy policy standards and technology around advanced mobility, including electric, connected, autonomous vehicles and related infrastructure. Founding partners are the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and UNLV.
Nevada CAM is working with automakers and equipment vendors to test, pilot and deploy technology in Nevada. Technology innovators are attracted to the state because of solid public-private partnerships, its business friendly environment, and its common-sense approach to state government licensing and regulation. Nevada is the chosen location for technology frontrunners such as Tesla, Hyperloop One, Faraday Future and Local Motors, which, working with UNLV, will pilot its autonomous last-mile shuttle in southern Nevada this fall.
The RFI can be downloaded at nevadacam.org. Responses are due by 4 p.m. PST on September 28 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: “Technology Solutions for Enhanced Pedestrian Safety RFI Response.” The RFI is for planning purposes only.
About Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility
The Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM) provides the contact point bringing together industry, government and academia to develop and deploy policy, standards and technology around advanced mobility, including electric, connected, autonomous vehicles and related infrastructure. For more information, visit nevadacam.org.