Programme aims to demonstrate the benefits of using a unified C-V2X connectivity platform as well as to showcase C-V2X range, reliability and latency advantage
Audi and Qualcomm Technologies have joined forces with several other automotive and telecom companies to field test the first cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology.
The trial will focus on vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-pedestrian direct communication, as well as vehicle-to-network wide area communications and will be based upon the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) Release 14.
The Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) consortium, which also comprises Ericsson, SWARCO Traffic Systems and the University of Kaiserslautern, will begin the C-V2X testing programme this year.
The aim is to demonstrate the benefits of using a unified C-V2X connectivity platform as well as to showcase C-V2X range, reliability and latency advantage for real-time V2X communications. It will use V2V/V2I/V2P direct communications with 4G/5G LTE-based vehicle-to-network (V2N) technology.
Additionally, the trial wants to highlight new use cases that help support traffic flow optimisation, improve safety and pave the path to automated driving. ConVeX intends to use the results of the trial to inform regulators, provide important inputs to ongoing global standardisation work and shape a path for further development and future evolution of V2X cellular technology, which includes an evolutionary transition towards 5G New Radio (NR), the new global standard for 5G being defined in 3GPP.
“Connected vehicles require global connectivity solutions with scalable, flexible, secure and future-proof solutions. With the announcement of ConVeX consortia to carry out a Cellular-V2X trial in Germany together with our partners, we are taking the next step in creating an ecosystem for connected vehicles,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ericsson.
“Achieving the full potential of connected vehicles becomes easier for vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators who partner with Ericsson to enable value-added services while providing robust global vehicle connectivity.”
V2X technologies continue to play a key role in advancing the vision of autonomous vehicles. While advancements in Radar, Lidar, and camera systems bring automated driving a step closer to commercialisation, these sensors are limited to line-of-sight (LOS) data collection. Sensor fusion with V2X is expected to complement those capabilities and provide 360-degree non-line-of-sight (NLOS) awareness, extending a vehicle’s ability to see and hear further down the road, even at blind intersections or in bad weather conditions.
When combined with high-precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), V2X technologies are expected to allow vehicles to share information with each other, as well as with infrastructure, and to pedestrian smartphones.
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