Panasonic, Qualcomm, and Ford demo real-world application of C-V2X in Colorado
Panasonic Corporation of North America, Colorado Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company, and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, unveiled their real-world application of C-V2X technology connecting the vehicle, the roadways, and a regional traffic management center in Denver. The companies say this demonstrates a new level of data-driven situational awareness that will achieve a dramatic improvement of safety on the road.
V2X technology allows transportation agencies to listen to and receive contextual data about traffic and roadway conditions from connected vehicles and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. The real-time actions and events collected by the roadside sensors are transferred to the cloud-based Panasonic data platform, which is designed to deliver geo-located, customized, just-in-time messages directly into vehicles.
Assessment of the C-V2X capabilities will begin on select roadways throughout Panasonic’s CityNOW headquarters in Denver. Subsequent deployment will be in select areas along the I-70 Mountain Corridor later this year.
Panasonic will work with Kapsch TrafficCom in CDOT’s V2X development program, in which Kapsch TrafficCom will provide roadside units (RSUs), as well as with Ficosa to provide C-V2X onboard units (OBUs). The transit authority’s existing fleet of Ford utility vehicles will be equipped with C-V2X devices using Ficosa’s CarCom platform to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) direct communications. Panasonic’s connected vehicle data platform will collect and disseminate C-V2X data to provide roadway operators with improved situational awareness and a new ability to send safety critical information directly to vehicles.
C-V2X is designed to be globally compatible with 5G and complement other advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). C-V2X direct communication mode is designed to offer vehicles low latency communications for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-roadside infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription, by operating on designated and harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum.