Panasonic to Partner with Colorado Department of Transportation to Deliver Integrated Connected Vehicle Platform

Nov 04, 2016

Joint program targets I-70 Mountain Corridor to Optimize Driver Safety, Roadway Efficiency

Denver, Colorado, U.S. - On October 26, 2016, Panasonic, a global leader in smart and sustainable automotive and infrastructure technology solutions, announced that it would partner with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to build a connected transportation program in which real-time data would be shared across vehicles, infrastructure and people to improve safety and mobility on the road.

A trailblazer in building connected transport and developing smart cities in Japan, Panasonic will for the first time apply its integrated, intelligent automotive and traffic management technologies and other expertise to a connected transportation program in the United States and Colorado.

Working with its CDOT and other partners, Panasonic will focus first on connecting cars and the transportation system on I-70, one of the nation's most challenging corridors, as part of the state's RoadX program, Colorado's investment in technology and systems with the aim of making roads crash-free, injury-free and delay-free.

"Panasonic is a world-wide organization that has shown a significant commitment to innovation and improving people's everyday lives," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "We are thrilled that they have chosen to partner with Colorado in bringing advanced technologies and strategies for smart transportation and smart cities. Not only does that position Colorado as one of the leading states in harnessing the tomorrow's smart technology today, but it accelerates the benefits of such innovations to the residents and travelers of our state."

The partnership with Colorado is an example of how Panasonic Corporation of North America is leveraging the company's global technology resources to support its ongoing B2B transformation and deliver value to end-users.

"Panasonic is using our nearly 40 years of experience in traffic management to help support safer and more efficient driving, said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America. "Our shared vision is of an integrated platform that will provide drivers with the most real-time data possible and enable them to make better decisions when travelling. This joint project with CDOT is a logical extension of Panasonic's ongoing public-private partnership with the State of Colorado, the city of Denver and Denver International Airport to develop Smart City solutions."

On November 1, Tom Gebhardt, President of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, will keynote at CDOT's Transportation Matters Summit and discuss this program and the future of mobility.

Learn more about Panasonic's work in Intelligent Transport Systems.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine's 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good. Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution. Learn more about Panasonic at us.panasonic.com/news.

About Colorado's RoadX

RoadX is Colorado's bold vision and commitment to being a national leader in the partnerships and use of innovative technology for crash-free, injury-free, delay-free travel in Colorado. To learn more about this rapid, fast-paced venture to transform our aging transportation system, visit https://www.codot.gov/programs/roadx.

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Panasonic's advanced smart technology will help safe and reliable transportation in Colorado, as part of the state's RoadX program

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