Qualcomm shows C-V2X ‘readiness’ in China trials with Ford et al, ahead of 2020 launch
Qualcomm is working with over 30 Chinese automotive companies, including the China-based joint ventures with European and US car makers, to showcase the commercial viability of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for connected and autonomous vehicles.
China will deploy commercial C-V2X in vehicles from next year, it said.
Qualcomm said it has participated in comprehensive interoperability tests of C-V2X across chipset solutions, vehicles, and safety platforms. The technology is proven, it said, to be able to prevent vehicle collisions even when security is compromised.
Tests have been held in Shanghai. Automakers that have taken part include Geely, SAIC Volkswagen, Ford, FAW Group Corporation, Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi and NIO, among 14 car makers in total. Other participants included automotive communications providers and safety platform providers.
Most vehicles in the tests were equipped with Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, said Qualcomm. The 9150 chipset supports vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.
V2I interoperability tests have covered automated warnings for speed limits, hazardous locations, red light violations, green-light speed advisories, and collisions. V2V use cases cover warnings of forward collisions, blind spot hazards; and ‘abnormal vehicles’.
Other cases covered include defence warnings variously against ‘forged’ speed limits, red and green light information, emergency vehicles, and forward collisions.
Gong Weijie, secretary general of the China Industry Innovation Alliance for the Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (CAICV), said: “The deployment of C-V2X will enhance vehicle safety and driving efficiency and support the implementation of autonomous driving. The CAICV hopes to join hands with a wider range of industry chain companies, including Qualcomm Technologies, to accelerate the commercialization of C-V2X.”
Nakul Duggal, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, said: “China has been a pioneer and leader in deploying C-V2X technology. With the innovation of cutting-edge technologies such as C-V2X, 5G and AI, the intelligent, connected vehicles will stay at the forefront of the automotive industry. Together with the automotive ecosystem in China, we look forward to ushering in a new era of safe, efficient and intelligent transportation.”