Laird Puts Connected Vehicles Through Real-World Testing

June 1, 2015, 8:00 pm

Laird sets the stage for next phase of implementation for connected vehicles and connected highways

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) helps develop products and standards for future Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure applications by joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ( DOT ) Affiliated Test Bed program.

The Connected Vehicle Test Bed is a federally funded, operational test site established to determine the feasibility and technical limitations of Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC). Laird was accepted to this program to have the opportunity to test modules, software and applications in a real-world traffic environment. The test bed includes intersections, roadways and vehicles that are able to communicate with each other through DSRC under actual operating conditions.

“We are excited about joining this test bed because it provides a crucial step in getting our technology out of the lab and into the real world to help create a safer, more efficient, connected highway,” explains Laird’s Senior Vice President of Telematics Steve Brown. He adds, “Getting our DSRC Smart Antennas tested in this environment ensures they are performing at or above expectations. This also allows us to collaborate with the other entities that are designing and testing these new standards prior to rolling them out to the public.”

Laird will participate with approximately 70 other public, private and academic entities. The program has agreements in place with local agencies allowing use of public streets. It also provides infrastructure and equipment to test devices at no cost as well as access to skilled staff to arrange various testing scenarios.

Through this program Laird will take part in early phases of the testing and support the transition of connected vehicle technology from research to deployment.

Laird will be demonstrating this DSRC technology at the TU Automotive Detroit show in Novi, Michigan on June 3rd and 4th in booth #C138.

Laird Product Manager Bill Cooke will also speak during a panel titled “The Future of Connected Fleets” at the show on June 3rd from 5:20 to 5:20pm.

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About Laird

Laird is a global technology company focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the Automotive, Mobile Device, Healthcare/ Medical, Computer/ Gaming, Telecommunications, Industrial/ Production, and Transportation markets.

Laird, a unit of Laird PLC, employs over 9,000 employees in more than 50 facilities located in 19 countries.


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