AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies are to jointly test new cellular-V2X (C-V2X) technology in the USA at the San Diego Regional Proving Ground.
Defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in 2017 as an extension of global cellular standards, C-V2X is an important factor in next-generation wireless technology for automated driving.
As wireless technology becomes prevalent, vehicles are using the cellular network for various tasks, ranging from emergency calls and over-the-air updates, to diagnostics and real-time traffic updates.
Using direct communication mode, C-V2X is designed to help expand the role of wireless technology for road safety applications by facilitating the ability of vehicles to directly communicate with other vehicles, pedestrian devices and roadside infrastructure using the 5.9GHz band without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription.
C-V2X platforms will be installed in Ford vehicles using the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X solution to facilitate direct communications, and will be complemented by AT&T’s 4G LTE network communications and ITS platform that takes advantage of wireless base stations and multi-access edge computing technology from Nokia.
For the new communication technologies being deployed, McCain will help facilitate the effective integration with existing and emerging traffic signal control infrastructure.
Testing will support direct C-V2X communications operating in the 5.9GHz ITS spectrum to explore the safety enhancements of V2V use cases, including do not pass warning, intersection movement assist, and left turn assist, to name a few.
The trials will also support advanced vehicle communication capabilities for improved traffic efficiencies, such as real-time mapping updates and event notifications relayed using AT&T’s cellular network and Nokia Cloud Infrastructure.
November 2, 2017