C-V2X in China
While there is political rancor in the U.S vis-à-vis China, no one in the auto industry should take their eye off of what is occurring from a technology standpoint in China.
Qualcomm is big on 5G, which is beneficial to C-V2X. (Images: Qualcomm)
This became exceedingly obvious, to put it mildly, to say the least, when Qualcomm Technologies—part of the massive wireless (3G, 4G, 5G. . .) tech firm headquartered in San Diego—announced its collaboration with companies in China on the “2020 C-V2X Cross-industry & Large-scale Pilot Plugfest.” Strange though that name may sound, there should be no doubt that there is nothing in the least bit odd about what is occurring.
“C-V2X” is “cellular vehicle-to-everything.”
And as for the participants in the Plugfest:
- 40+ automakers
- 40+ terminal manufacturers
- 10+ chipset solution vendors
- 20+ information security vendors
- 5 map providers
- 5 position vendors
The purpose of the event was to demonstrate interoperability across
- Chip modules
- Security platforms
As for the testing, there were 180 C-V2X onboard units (OBUs) and roadside units (RSUs). Testing including a number of traffic scenarios.
2020 “Plugfest” participants in China.
There were five vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) use cases involving interoperability:
- In-vehicle signage
- Traffic light information push/green light optimal speed advisory
- Security mechanism demo
- Vulnerable road user collision warning
- Front construction reminder
And there were five vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) use cases tested:
- Forward collision warning
- Emergency vehicle avoidance
- Abnormal vehicle warning
- Blind spot warning/left turn assistance
- Traffic jam warning in multi-access edge computing
Here’s a quote to ponder from Jim Misener, senior director, product management and global V2X ecosystem lead, Qualcomm Technologies:
“Today, 5G is empowering the automotive industry, expanding the set of application, and driving the C-V2X industry ecosystem to scale in China. Meanwhile, the solid foundation of the information and communication industry has also paved the way for C-V2X commercialization and implementation in China.”
“Driving the C-V2X industry ecosystem to scale.”
“C-V2X commercialization and implementation.”
Sounds like there is a high degree of readiness being developed.
None of this is to say that tests of C-V2X aren’t occurring in the U.S. Ford is working with Qualcomm. Audi, the Virginia Department of Transportation are running a pilot. And there are more.
But the scale of the participants in the Plugfest should give not pause, but a commitment to increase development of the technology that can significantly help save lives—everywhere.
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