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Collisions between First Responders and civilian motorists are at an all-time high and the situation is worsening. Emerging smart city solutions are expected to solve this problem. As car companies are beginning to favor Cellular V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication protocols, that pass information from a vehicle to any entity that may affect the vehicle through a vehicular communication system. A new R2V (Responder-to-Vehicle) technology delivers real-time alerts to drivers when an ambulance, a police vehicle etc. are en route to a call and on-scene.

HAAS Alert, a Chicago-based startup whose mission is to make roadways safer by alerting drivers of emergency vehicles, was awarded $1.1M by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to advance consumer vehicle safety solutions utilizing cellular technology that would allow approaching emergency response vehicles to warn other First Responders and civilian vehicles on the road, according to prenewswire.com.

The company provides collision prevention technologies and products to First Responders and other municipal fleets. The service streams real-time safety messages to drivers and connected cars via in-vehicle systems and smartphone apps when emergency vehicles are approaching and on-scene. The technology aids motorists and vehicles to make safer, smarter driving decisions.

The partnership will leverage input from active and retired first responders from across the country by engaging the S&T First Responder Resource Group (FRRG). By working with the FRRG, HAAS Alert will have the opportunity to ensure the top-priority needs of the first responder community are met during product development.