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AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm launch Cellular-V2X connected car tech trials in US

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 November 2017

AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm have launched Cellular-V2X connected car technology trials planned for the San Diego Regional Proving Ground with support from McCain.

The companies are working with Caltrans, City of Chula Vista and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to enhance vehicle safety, traffic efficiency, and support path towards autonomous driving.

The aim of these trials which are expected to begin later this year, will help in understanding the potential of C-V2X technologies which includes support for improved automotive safety, self-driving and traffic efficiency.

It will also demonstrate to automakers and road operators about cost-efficiency with the use of embedded cellular technology in vehicles and by connecting with cellular base stations and roadside infrastructure.

Ford Motor connected vehicle and services executive director Don Butler said: “The advancement of cellular technology for C-V2X applications is very encouraging.

“This technology promises to meet, and in some cases, exceed the performance requirements of vehicle communication being proposed by relevant government agencies while leveraging existing in-vehicle connectivity frameworks.

“C-V2X provides a reassuring path to technology advancements necessary to support emerging developments in autonomy, automated driving, and mobility. We are keen to investigate all aspects of this opportunity and support cross industry efforts that make that possible.”

Members of the partnership stated that the C-V2X can play an important role in the development of next-generation wireless technology for safety-driven autonomous vehicle solutions.

Presently, cellular network technology is being used in vehicles for emergency calls, over-the-air (OTA) updates, in-vehicle diagnostics to obtaining real-time traffic updates.

C-V2X uses 5.9GHz band and it does not involve a cellular network or cellular network subscription. It can work as a complementary to other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors including cameras, radar, and LIDAR. 

C-V2X technology has been designed to support 360-degree non-line-of-sight (NLOS) awareness, and can extend a vehicle’s ability to see, hear, and understand the environment down the road, at blind intersections and even in bad weather conditions. 

Image: Trials of C-V2X are expected to start later this year. Photo: Courtesy of The Ford Motor Company.