Verizon Partners with TomTom to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Accidents
Friday, October 04, 2019 | Comments

TomTom and Verizon announced a 5G innovation project focused on making intersections safer for emergency vehicles.

Each year in the U.S. there are an estimated 6,500 accidents involving ambulances and about 300 police cruiser pursuits that lead to injuries or fatalities. During a 10-year period, there were roughly 31,600 accidents involving fire vehicles. TomTom and Verizon are working to make it easier for emergency vehicles to move more safely through intersections using TomTom high-definition maps in combination with Verizon’s 5G network.

Working together at the Mcity Test Facility, the University of Michigan’s testbed for autonomous vehicles, the companies are exploring how 5G-connected cars, traffic lights, and cameras at intersections can boost pedestrian safety and avoid accidents.

Using TomTom HD Maps to create an essentially real-time 3D visualization of an intersection, along with near real-time kinematics and the Verizon network, the goal of this initiative is to enable the sharing of location information coming from all entities at the intersection with emergency vehicles in near real-time with near-perfect reliability and accuracy.

“By harnessing the power of the Verizon 5G network and its massive bandwidth, super-fast speeds and ultra-low latency, this collaboration with TomTom will help us to create a next-generation service that can enable safer intersections for all,” said Jeff Frantz, executive director, Verizon Location Technology.

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