Parvus Vehicle Computer Selected for Highway Safety Initiative
SALT LAKE CITY --- Parvus Corp. this week announced that the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC) has selected the Parvus DuraCOR 1100 computer for its federally funded Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiative aimed at reducing highway congestion and crashes. Using Parvus DuraCOR 1100 systems as Linux-based vehicle computer servers, automakers are testing concept designs for a nationwide communications infrastructure that supports vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The goal is to improve vehicle safety, vehicle mobility and enable consumer and commercial services. Parvus is part of the Eurotech Group, which has a long history in the traffic and public transportation field. The company provides vehicle communication, location tracking, and video surveillance systems, as well as mobile Internet access points and passenger counting devices. If deployed nationwide, the VII initiative will involve the build-out of networks, digital radios, pods and communications systems on major U.S. roadways. Data transmitted from the roadside to the vehicle could warn a driver that it is not safe to enter an intersection. Vehicles could serve as data collectors and anonymously transmit traffic and road condition information from every major road within the transportation network. Such information would provide transportation agencies with the information needed to implement active strategies to relieve traffic congestion. "It has been an honor for Parvus to work with all of these major automotive manufacturers and to know that our efforts are going towards improving the safety of our highways," said Parvus Director of Transportation Programs Andrew Hunt. The VIIC was established in 2004 to support the National VII Coalition effort to determine the feasibility of nationwide deployment of a Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) program, and to establish a strategy for implementation, communications standards and capabilities. The National VII Coalition consists of the U.S. Department of Transportation, ten state departments of transportation, and light vehicle manufacturers. The VIIC's members are: BMW of North America, DaimlerChrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Honda R&D Americas, Nissan North America, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, and Volkswagen of America.