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Intelligent transport technology pilot for South Korea

The technology will allow vehicles to wirelessly exchange information such as speed, position and direction with other automobiles in their vicinity

The technologies will be test-operated on an 87.8km route in South Korea
The technologies will be test-operated on an 87.8km route in South Korea

South Korea launches year-long intelligent transport pilot

Technology will be used to help make roads safer and greener

The technology will be tested on a 87.8km route between Sejong City and Daejon

NXP Semiconductors is partnering with the automotive electronics specialist eSSys on South Korea’s year-long Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) project.


NXP will supply eSSys with its RoadLINK V2X chipset, a vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication and security solution. It will be test-operated on an 87.8km route between Sejong City (city of government offices) and Daejon. The project is being promoted by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.


A number of smart transport technologies are currently being installed on national highways in South Korea, including the primary highway for access to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.


The newly adopted C-ITS with NXP will offer a secure information exchange in real-time between vehicles and between cars and the surrounding intelligent infrastructure, including roadworks, traffic signs or traffic lights. Security built into the chipset protects the privacy of the driver and prevents hacking or manipulation.


It is hoped that rapid response times, combined with the ability of V2X-capable cars to see around corners or through obstacles beyond the driver’s line of sight, will prevent accidents, while significantly improving traffic flow and reducing CO2 emissions. According to the Korea National Police Agency, more than 5,000 people die in accidents each year, and more than 300,000 people incur injuries. Congestion currently costs 25 billion euros per year. The Korea Transport Institute estimates that 76 percent of all road accidents could be avoided with the full deployment of its C-ITS plans.


“As a Korea-based vehicle electronics systems provider, eSSys supplies communications modules to automobile manufacturers and tier one suppliers combining high efficiency and optimum performance,” said Yong-beom Kim, CEO of eSSys. “eSSys’ WAVE communications systems based on NXP’s proven RoadLINK V2X chipset are expected to play a key role in the national C-ITS project.”


Based on software-defined radio technology, NXP’s hardware platform is able to support the Korean V2X standard, as well as the vast majority of regional variants around the globe.


The technology, which has been proven in more than one million test kilometres in various projects worldwide, also featured in the City of Columbus’ winning entry of the US Smart City Challenge earlier this year. In April’s European Truck Platooning Challenge, NXP successfully demonstrated autonomous driving on public roads in a Europe-wide initiative by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. NXP V2X and radar technology was used in DAF trucks, as well as in four of the six truck OEM platoons. NXP RoadLINK technology will also be implemented in select production vehicles in the US next year.

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