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The UA's Larry Head has led the development of infrastructure for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, which is expected to be on U.S. roads in about six years. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)

How a UA Engineer Gets Cars to Talk

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How a UA Engineer Gets Cars to Talk

March 16, 2018
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Larry Head is a pioneer in the field of connected-vehicle technology, and his research is helping to determine how people will move about in the cities of tomorrow.

The presence of a few vehicles from the Regional Emergency Action Coordinating Team, or REACT, a Maricopa County Department of Transportation program, is the only indication to passing motorists that something unusual might be going on.

In a few minutes, the specially equipped vehicles will be deployed as part of an exercise in connected-vehicle technology overseen by University of Arizona engineering professor Larry Head, who has been staging such field tests for about eight years — but working on the infrastructure for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, for much longer.

We have technology that really can save lives, reduce crashes and reduce property-damage costs."