San Diego Regional Proving Grounds designed the programme to facilitate use case research and testing for vehicle communications in realistic operating conditions.
San Diego Regional Proving Grounds (SDRPG) has launched a C-V2X direct communication programme for California to evaluate the technology’s potential to improve vehicle safety and traffic efficiency.
C-V2X is a direct communication technology 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. Instead it operates on designated and harmonised 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum.
SDRPG, which is composed of the California Department of Transportation, the City of Chula Vista and the San Diego Association of Governments, in partnership with Qualcomm Technologies, designed the programme to facilitate use case research and testing for vehicle communications in realistic operating conditions.
The programme joins Colorado and Virginia, which have announced limited deployments for C-V2X technology for each of their states.
The public agencies aim to utilise the project to assess C-V2X capabilities on San Diego roadways by conducting advance technology testing, as well as researching and demonstrating automotive safety and traffic efficiency.
“As a member of the San Diego Regional Proving Ground, the City of Chula Vista strongly supports next-generation vehicle communication technologies like C-V2X as we look to improving vehicle safety, traffic efficiency and toward autonomous driving,” said Bill Valle, Chula Vista director of engineering.
“We look forward to this joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies to help inform policies and produce new systems that are expected to result in a safer and more efficient transportation network for the region.”
The programme spans across a three-mile corridor with commercial C-V2X roadside units (RSUs), featuring the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X platform, installed along the highways and at traffic light intersections off of Interstate 805 and California State Route 52 highways between Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa.
“The City of Chula Vista strongly supports next-generation vehicle communication technologies like C-V2X as we look to improving vehicle safety, traffic efficiency and toward autonomous driving”
Vehicles utilised in the project are provided by Caltrans and are equipped with commercial C-V2X onboard units (OBUs) featuring the same Qualcomm 9150 platform.
This C-V2X programme in California is currently taking place and is expected to last through the second half of this year.
While C-V2X is designed to be globally compatible with 5G and compliment other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as sensors, cameras, radar and Lidar, the San Diego C-V2X project will focus solely on the benefits and reliability of vehicle communication technology, SDRPG reports.
To support the growing C-V2X ecosystem, the programme will also be made open to automakers and road operators which have interest in utilising the project platform for testing. Or to explore the potential for cost-efficient benefits associated with embedded cellular technology in vehicles, and synergies between the deployment of cellular base stations and roadside infrastructure.
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