Momentum continues to build around Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology. To start off this month, Qualcomm Technologies introduced its first C-V2X commercial solution, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset and C-V2X Reference Design. Several car manufacturers endorsed the announcement and just last week Continental, a leading tier-1 supplier, announced that they will be using the 9150 C-V2X solution for trials and as a basis for future commercial implementations.
Also, at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany last week, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf spoke about the auto industry transformation and how C-V2X and its strong evolution to 5G will play a key role, paving the way to autonomous driving through sensor fusion and on-board intelligence. By complementing other sensors such as LIDAR and radar, as well as the camera, C-V2X provides a higher level of predictability and determinism by providing Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) communication around corners, beyond the car in front of you, and even at night and in bad weather. So, let’s see how C-V2X can provide these benefits and play a key role in the 5G and autonomous future.
C-V2X enables safer transportation today and autonomous driving in the future
C-V2X allows vehicles to communicate directly with each other (Vehicle-to-Vehicle or V2V), to pedestrians (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian or V2P), to roadway infrastructure (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure or V2I). C-V2X also allows vehicles to communicate to the cloud via the mobile network (Vehicle-to-Network or V2N). Standardized in 3GPP Release 14, C-V2X defines two complementary communication modes that together enable a broad range of use cases:
- V2V, V2I, and V2P direct communications to support active safety and enhanced situational awareness by detecting and directly exchanging vital information (e.g., road hazard warnings) using low latency transmission in the globally harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS band. V2V, V2I, and V2P do not rely on the mobile network and do not require acellular subscription.
- V2N network-based communications to support telematics, connected infotainment, and a growing variety of advanced informational safety use cases leveraging 4G and emerging 5G wireless networks over licensed spectrum.
C-V2X Release 14 is on a strong evolutionary path to 5G that will bring complementary capabilities, while maintaining backward compatibility. By incorporating 5G NR features, Release 16 will provide wideband carrier support for highly accurate ranging and positioning, and will bring much higher throughput, lower latency, and increased reliability for advanced capabilities for cooperative and autonomous driving, such as high throughput sensor sharing and real-time 3D HD map updates.
Our new solution accelerates the commercialization of C-V2X
Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to safe automotive transportation began with our engagement with the V2X ecosystem several years ago, initially with our IEEE 802.11p-based products.
To accommodate the growing number of safety requirements and the arrival of autonomous driving, we are taking V2X technologies to the next level by introducing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset I mentioned earlier. Available for commercial sampling in the second half of 2018, the 9150 C-V2X chipset enables low-latency communication based on 3GPP Rel-14 specifications for direct V2V, V2P and V2I communications.
To accelerate the commercial readiness of C-V2X technology, we also introduced the Qualcomm C-V2X Reference Design. By leveraging our unique capabilities in secure communications, efficient processing and precise positioning, the Reference Design gives automobile OEMs and tier-1 suppliers a complete C-V2X solution that provides them with the key technologies and tools they need to develop leading-edge C-V2X solutions.
C-V2X ecosystem support just keeps growing
Auto manufacturers and the wireless ecosystem are closely collaborating to accelerate C-V2X technology development. For example, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) helps define and test the protocols and specifications of C-V2X technology by bringing together diverse players, including automobile OEMs, tier-1 suppliers, test equipment vendors, chipset manufacturers, telecom suppliers, traffic signal suppliers, road operators, and wireless operators.
We are excited to see growing momentum around C-V2X technology. As I mentioned earlier, a number of automobile manufacturers have shown their support for our C-V2X commercial solution. Besides our announced C-V2X trials in with Audi in Germany and PSA in France earlier this year, tier-1 suppliers have started to use our C-V2X solution for other trials and as a basis for their future commercial implementations.