Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.
We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.
The partners are using Cellular-V2X for their research and lending their expertise in manufacturing, IoT, and mobile technology to ensure it’s ready for the road.
On the A9 freeway near Munich, the partners observed how navigation requires full concentration due to the dangerous habits of fellow drivers. Other vehicles kept cutting in front of the car — causing the driver to break abruptly — something which is often the cause of many accidents, slow-moving traffic, and stress.
The companies have demonstrated how today’s driver assistance systems can evolve beyond real-time alerts into the ability to accelerate and brake as needed based on information from a wide range of sources.
In a press release, Bosch wrote:
“Through mobile telephony, connected cars can directly transmit information, such as their position and speed, to all vehicles within a radius of more than 300 meters. Moreover, they can do so without going through any intermediate channels via the base stations and with virtually no delay.”
One example of this could be a car up ahead experiencing some wheel slippage on ice, or roadside infrastructure reporting a lane closure before it’s even in the driver’s sight. This data can be used by the car to slow down or make lane changes at a safe and optimum time.
“Even in congested traffic, this function makes driving even more relaxed and stress-free for drivers, while also preventing abrupt braking and acceleration on the freeway. Overall, traffic becomes smoother and more efficient. Thanks to the foresight provided by the technology, vehicles can go with the flow.”
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