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C-V2X cars hit the streets on select roads in the U.S. and Europe [video]

C-V2X keeps gaining momentum and making news in 2019, which started during CES in Las Vegas and then during MWC in Barcelona.

If you got lucky in Las Vegas during CES 2019, you got a glimpse of the future of smart transportation thanks to live C-V2X  technology demonstrations from Audi, Ford, and Ducati. The two automakers and storied motorcycle manufacturer teamed up to show how C-V2X could save lives and reduce traffic congestion. And things got more exciting when Ford Motor Company’s Executive Director of Connected Vehicles and Services, Don Butler, stated at the Qualcomm Technologies press conference that Ford is committed to deploying C-V2X technology in all their new vehicles in the U.S. beginning in 2022 — suggesting that the future of smart transportation is much closer than many would have thought. During MWC, Telefónica, SEAT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, FICOSA, ETRA and i2CAT, as well as Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrated how C-V2X can enhance road safety and traffic efficiency. For example, they showed how C-V2X-enabled vehicles can warn each other of a stalled vehicle on the road. They also showed the role of the infrastructure that can detect the presence of pedestrian in the crossing and alert oncoming vehicles.

For those of you that are following the progress of C-V2X, you might recall that Las Vegas was where the first public installation of the technology occurred, when the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) F.A.S.T. division, Qualcomm Technologies- and Commsignia-placed RSUs (roadside units) along select roadways and several cars with C-V2X as a part of a trial program designed to demonstrate the benefits of C-V2X direct communication technology.

Why is this a big deal? C-V2X is designed to save lives by allowing vehicles to share warnings and sensor information among each other and the smart city infrastructure in real-time for road safety, traffic efficiency and automated driving. The C-V2X direct communication mode is designed to offer vehicles low latency communications for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Roadside Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription, by operating on designated and harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum. C-V2X is a global solution for V2X communication and is designed to be forward compatible with 5G NR, as well as complement other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and Light Detection and Radar (LIDAR).

The CES C-V2X demos and announcements build on successful C-V2X trial validations and interoperability conducted throughout 2018 in Europe, Japan, Australia, China and the United States, and further demonstrate the commercial readiness and momentum of the technology. The Ford, Audi Ducati and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrations gave attendees an eye-opening glimpse of what’s possible with 5G NR C-V2X for cooperative maneuvers for connected and automated vehicles. For instance, the demo showed how C-V2X-equipped cars can negotiate the right of way when entering a four-way, uncontrolled (no traffic signal) intersection at which intention sharing and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions made the use of a wireless sensor such as C-V2X ideal.   

The companies also demonstrated Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) safety scenarios, indicating the maturity and potential of C-V2X technology. The V2V use case featured the Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenario, which is a key countermeasure to address angle collisions at intersections, while the V2P scenario exhibited how C-V2X can be used to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. The V2I use case featured the Work Zone Warning scenario, which is designed to provide drivers with advanced warning of road construction ahead and allow them to maneuver in a safe manner.

C-V2X announcements beyond vehicle makers

Vehicle makers were not the only ones making big announcements and showing off their latest innovations at CES 2019. Several RSU vendors and software makers also put the auto and transportation industries on notice:

  • Commsignia started commercial production of its next-generation ITS-OB4-C C-V2X aftermarket on-board unit (OBU) following its introduction of C-V2X products in 2018.
  • Danlaw launched new C-V2X on-board as well as roadside units.
  • Derq demonstrated how its AI-based safety application along with C-V2X can potentially help create safer environments for pedestrian and vehicles. 
  • Savari announced continued momentum in the development of its C-V2X direct communication technology through the StreetWAVE 2000 RSU, as well as the Savari MobiWAVE C-V2X software stack.
  • Kapsch introduced a new roadside ITS station platform for C-V2X direct communication.

Watch for more C-V2X news to come

CES 2019 showed us that the real winners of C-V2X technology becoming reality are consumers and those companies that adopted and implemented the technology first. Momentum behind the breakthrough technology continues to build worldwide, and many experts believe that C-V2X will be ready for deployment in vehicles as early as 2019.

Stay tuned for upcoming C-V2X blog posts and announcements and watch for Qualcomm Technologies to continue to support our auto industry customers with breakthrough technologies and solutions like the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Chipset — designed to ultimately help transform the auto industry and enrich people’s lives.

 

Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

 

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