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Orlando-Based EV Tech Company Awarded $3.5M Grant

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August 13, 2021—The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $3.5 million grant to Connected Wise LLC for AV infrastructure development.

The grant will help the Orlando-based tech company continue ongoing research into "smart traffic infrastructure" to better integrate autonomous vehicles onto existing roadways, according to the Orlando Business Journal. 

The company's proposed communication system, Vector, would help reduce the workload for onboard telematic devices by equipping sensors, cameras and other devices to existing traffic infrastructure such as stoplights that would then relay the same information to an oncoming vehicle. The goal of the project is to cut vehicle computing cost by more than half and energy consumption by around 40 percent. 

Connected Wise, which is based at the University of Central Florida's research park, will work with more than a dozen other groups on the project. 

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