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Volkswagens to talk to each other by 2019

Volkswagen is cooperating with authorities, ministries of transport and other partners to accelerate the spread of the technology

From 2019, Volkswagen will fit the first models with pWLAN technology
From 2019, Volkswagen will fit the first models with pWLAN technology

Volkswagen plans to start fitting its cars with connected technology that will enable vehicles to share information about traffic risks.


As from 2019, models will be equipped with pWLAN which will enable vehicles to communicate with each other and the local transport infrastructure about the current traffic situation in the vicinity within milliseconds.


The approximate radius for the information sharing is 500 metres, “virtually making it possible” to see round corners the automaker said. It added that this was another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents or minimise their consequences.


“We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology,” said Johannes Neft, head of vehicle body development for the Volkswagen brand.


“What matters most is that the technology is used consistently, and by as many manufacturers and partners as possible.”


The technology used by Volkswagen is based on the IEEE 802.11p (pWLAN) standard, which the automotive industry has standardised and tested for direct, non-proprietary inter-vehicle communication as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure and in international markets.


When introduced in 2019, the system will be based on warnings and information on local traffic risks that arise at short notice.


Within the limits of the system, the new technology is capable of identifying potential traffic hazards. Examples provided by Volkswagen include a car making an emergency stop, or its on-board sensors detecting black ice. Within a few milliseconds, this information can be shared with the local environment, allowing other road users to react to this risky situation appropriately.


Volkswagen said it is cooperating with authorities, ministries of transport and other automobile and transport industry partners, working on projects to accelerate the spread of the technology through to its inclusion in serial production.


At the same time, joint efforts are being undertaken with the partners to find ways of meeting the high requirements placed on data protection and the processing of personal data.


Volkswagen anticipates that police forces and emergency services will also be equipped with pWLAN technology where it will be possible for drivers to receive advance information on how far away approaching emergency vehicles are and the direction they are travelling in – often long before the vehicle can be heard or seen.


In addition, transport infrastructure operators in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria have announced plans to equip trailers used to block off roadworks with pWLAN technology to reduce the risks of rear-end collisions around roadworks on motorways.


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