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Panasonic, CDOT bring vehicle-to-x connectivity to Colorado highway

And to show off its system, Panasonic chose what it called "one of the nation's most challenging corridors." Fun!

Denver City workers use trucks with arrows to keep the flow of traffic moving onto eastbound I-70 today May 17th, 2012. Immediate work called for a closure of the westbound off-ramp from Highway I-25 going onto Highway I-70. All traffic was being diverted eastbound then drivers had to use Washington Street or other streets to make a U-turn to get back onto westbound I-70. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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In due time, vehicles will be able to share data not only with each other (vehicle-to-vehicle, V2V), but with the local infrastructure (V2I), as well. It's still a little bit sci-fi at the moment, but Panasonic teamed up with the State of Colorado to test out its system on a real highway.

The tech giant partnered up with the Colorado Department of Transportation to deliver a connected vehicle platform to the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Panasonic calls this twisty stretch of highway "one of the nation's most challenging corridors." Thus, this system will get a trial by fire of sorts.

Panasonic is working on all sorts of future car tech, with a heavy focus on V2X communication. Its suite of software and hardware components can detect pedestrians and other vehicles, warn drivers of road trouble ahead and use data from multiple vehicles to help them "see" in bad weather.

The partnership comes as part of CDOT's RoadX program, which seeks to remove three big ol' frustrations from the road -- crashes, injuries and delays. Automakers and tech companies both believe that V2X is one of the cornerstones to making programs like RoadX a reality, so it's refreshing to actually see this technology heading into the real world.