Ford Motor Company, Qualcomm, AT&T and Nokia recently announced a partnership that will lead to the first testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in the United States. C-V2X is a driving force behind connected and autonomous vehicles, enabling the exchange of data between cars and connected roadside devices. Picture vehicles that can “talk” to each other to avoid collisions, or communicate their presence to traffic signals to influence the timing of red or green lights. Such applications are made possible through modern advances in computing and wireless communications, and represent the wave of the future in transportation. C-V2X technology not only promises to improve traffic safety and efficiency—it will also help to usher in the next generation of autonomous driving. The technology works in harmony with onboard vehicle sensors to support 360-degree non-line-of-sight awareness, enabling cars to “see, hear, and understand the environment down the road, at blind intersections, or in bad weather conditions.” “C-V2X provides a reassuring path to technology advancements necessary to support emerging developments in autonomy, automated driving and mobility,” said Don Butler, Ford’s executive director of connected vehicle and services. The recent collaboration brings together the industry giants in high-tech synergy. Ford vehicles will exchange data using Qualcomm’s latest connected vehicle chipset—the 9150 C-V2X—with support from AT&T 4G cellular connectivity. Vehicles will communicate with wireless base stations powered by Nokia computing technology, while intelligent transportation systems provider McCain will oversee integration of the systems with existing and future traffic signal control infrastructure. Testing, which is set to kick off this year, will take place at the San Diego Regional Proving Ground, one of 10 autonomous vehicle testing facilities designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The tests will gauge the safety, efficiency and cost benefits of C-V2X in preparation for later full-scale deployment. Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced that the company plans to build modern modem connectivity into its entire vehicle lineup by 2019, and Ford is expected to begin testing autonomous vehicles later this year.
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