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C-V2X technology incorporates mounted units in school zone speed-limit signs that transmit signals. When received by a connected Audi automobile, an auditory and visual alert warns motorists they are entering an active school zone. This gives approaching motorists time to reduce their speeds.


moting safety, he also likes its ease of use. “It was a quick install for our technicians,” he said. “It didn’t take much time to get the pilot under way.” Plus, from a bus driver’s viewpoint, Stow said no


special training has been needed. “It’s an input,” he ex- plained. “There’s nothing that the driver of the bus needs to do differently.” The current project, which can be seen as a part of the


overall trend toward the robust connectivity of Smart Cities, represents a model of collaboration. In addition to the Fulton County School System, participants include Audi of America along with Applied Information, a de- veloper of connected, intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions, bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corpora- tion, and Temple, Inc., which develops traffic signs and school safety products as well as the City of Alpharetta. A key factor in making this advancement possible, ac-


cording to Audi officials, was a Federal Communications Commission decision late last year to reallocate a por- tion of the 5.9 GHz cellular band for C-V2X applications for the first time. This ruling paved the way for auto- makers to deploy standardized messages for vehicles to


32 School Transportation News • JULY 2021


communicate to one another, including school zones and bus applications. For both technology providers and school transporta-


tion leaders, the progress points to a promising future. “This has been an exciting initiative for us,” said Jus- tyne Lobello, manager of product communications and marketing for Blue Bird. “Moving forward, we see this as a great opportunity to adopt in school systems and the school transportation community.” Fulton County’s Stow agreed, adding that he is excit- ed about this technology and looks forward to seeing it come to fruition throughout the industry.


Collision Avoidance and More The Georgia C-V2X project may be the latest advance-


ment aimed at limiting crashes, but it’s far from the only one. For example, collision avoidance technology from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems includes active and passive controls for lane departure warnings, automatic emergency braking and other alerts. At IC Bus, electronic stability control is complement- ed by mitigation technology that has been standard on


PHOTO COURTESY OF AUDI OF AMERICA, INC.


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