Wouldn’t it be great if vehicles can communicate with each other and relay important information that would make driving safer and quicker? Ford has partnered with leading technology companies to develop a system of communication for Ford connected vehicles to get real time data with or without cellular connectivity.
The Ford Motor Company has teamed up with Panasonic North America and Qualcomm Technologies to develop Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) direct communication. Once perfected, it will connect vehicles, roads and regional traffic management centres to improve safety and traffic efficiency as the auto industry moves toward more capable and cooperative automated vehicles.
Colorado will be the first in the U.S. to roll out the deployment of C-V2X technology. Its Department of Transportation and Panasonic have joined together to integrate connected vehicle technology in the state. Their ultimate goal is to become accident free using technology.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) will allow vehicles and/or roadside units to “talk” with each other, relaying data such as traffic information and safety warnings. This should help mitigate or avoid accidents and traffic build-ups.
Ford wants cellular C-2VX to become the technology that would allow cars and cities of the future to communicate quickly, safely and securely. “Global adoption of C-V2X can deliver vehicles that help cities around the world create a safer environment where people can move more freely,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director of connected vehicle and services. Ford has teamed up with Qualcomm to tap into its potential.
Currently, there are 700,000 Ford connected vehicles on the road. By 2019, all the new vehicles the company produces in the United States will have the ability to interact with the new services and city systems as soon as they are introduced.
C-V2X enables various people and entities in a city to share information. Using advanced wireless technologies, vehicles will be able to communicate directly with other vehicles (V2V), pedestrian devices such as smartphones (V2P), or roadway infrastructure such as traffic signs or construction zones (V2I). Butler explains that “These communications can take place with or without network assistance, coverage or a cellular subscription, which means important information can be conveyed reliably at critical moments.”
Panasonic states that C-V2X is designed to be globally compatible with the upcoming 5G cellular standard and work together with other advanced driver assistance systems sensors such as cameras, radar and lidar (LIght Detection And Radar). These technologies are now commonly seen in newer cars and trucks. “Think of sensors such as LIDAR as the eyes,” says Jovan Zagajac, Ford’s manager of connected vehicle technology. “V2V is the ears.”
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done before V2V becomes an accepted safety device for all future vehicles. One of the biggest challenges is how to reach critical mass. This would mean having enough vehicles on the road with modems that will allow communication. Another issue that needs to be resolved is how car companies can display V2V information and warnings without distracting the driver.
These are still early days for this technology, but Ford is committed to perfecting the system to ensure a safe and efficient drive for all future Ford owners.
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