Deals this week: Flex and Savari, TomTom (TOM2)


Nova Scotia’s Highway 102 has received a joint federal-provincial funding of C$28m ($20.8m) from the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia.

The funds will be used to develop a kilometre-long controlled access connector road, which links the highway to Trunk-2, four ramps forming a diamond interchange, a roundabout at each intersection of the ramps, and wider lanes in both directions along Highway 102.

The improvements will improve traffic circulation and increase driver safety on the highway.

"The improvements will improve traffic circulation and increase driver safety on the highway."

Flex and Savari have collaborated to develop Connected Car and Smart City V2X hardware and software connectivity solutions to improve global traffic safety and efficiency.

V2X technology enables real-time communication between a vehicle and other vehicles (Vehicle-to-Vehicle, or V2V), surrounding infrastructure (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, or V2I) such as e-tolling, intersection safety, speed management, transit safety and operations, and work-zone or low-bridge warnings and even pedestrians (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, Vehicle-to-Phone, or V2P).

It also allows wireless exchange of data and aids in improving safety, reducing traffic congestion and improving overall travel and transportation environment.

The Canadian and British Columbian governments have announced funding to upgrade a stretch of the Pacific Rim Highway located roughly 14km east of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction near Kennedy Lake in British Columbia.

The upgrade project, estimated to cost C$27m ($15.5m), will widen and straighten a 1.5km stretch of the highway, to improve safety and comfort.

Volvo Cars has appointed TomTom (TOM2) to provide the latter’s HD Map to power the first phase of the former’s Drive Me programme.

TOM2’s HD Map is a highly accurate digital map that enables automated vehicles to locate themselves on the road. It will be used in Volvo’s Drive Me research project, which is testing autonomous driving wherein real drivers will integrate autonomous driving into their daily lives on public roads.

The HD mapping will be available for Volvo customers from 2019 across all the carlines, enabling the customers to enjoy navigation experience.