Audi, Ducati, and Ford host live interactive demos in Las Vegas using C-V2X solutions provided by Qualcomm
Audi AG, Ducati, Ford Motor Company, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced the companies’ continued joint efforts to help accelerate commercial deployment for C-V2X direct communication technology for roadside safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving. As a part of the Consumer Electronic Show 2019 (CES 2019), Audi and Ford vehicles, as well as Ducati Multistrada 1260 motorcycles, demonstrate driving situations using C-V2X direct communications. All vehicles were equipped with C-V2X technology using the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset to demonstrate a cooperative intersection use case, exhibiting how C-V2X can be used between vehicles to negotiate the right of way in entering a four-way, non-signalized intersection where intention sharing and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions make the use of a wireless sensor such as C-V2X ideal.
The companies also are presenting additional vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P), and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety scenarios, demonstrating the maturity and potential of C-V2X technology. The V2V use case featured the Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenario, which is a countermeasure to address angle collisions at intersections, while the V2P scenario exhibited how C-V2X can be used to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The V2I use case featured the Work Zone Warning scenario, which is designed to provide drivers advanced warning of road construction ahead, allowing them to maneuver in a safe manner.
Qualcomm Technologies also announced that it is working with the City of Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to implement C-V2X vehicle communication technology in Las Vegas. Working with Commsignia, Inc., CV2X enabled roadside units (RSUs) will be featured along select roadways as a part of a trial program designed to demonstrate the benefits of C-V2X direct communication technology, as well as advance commercial deployment for the technology. Vehicles equipped with C-V2X capabilities will use aftermarket onboard units (OBU) to demonstrate V2I use cases, including signal phase and timing (SPaT) and traffic messaging to vehicles. The trial will use Commsignia’s C-V2X RSUs and OBUs, the ITS-RS4-C and ITS-OB4-C respectively, both of which use the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.
“Audi has demonstrated a novel C-V2X use case together with Ford, Ducati, and Qualcomm Technologies. The four-way stop use case provides a glimpse of how cooperative driving will be possible with C-V2X in the future. Besides additional safety, C-V2X is designed to also improve comfort and efficiency, which can be applied to both current and future autonomous driving,” said Anupam Malhotra, Director, Connected Vehicles & Data at Audi of America, Inc. “Audi has demonstrated commercial viability of cellular-based V2X services through the Audi Traffic Light Information service and plays a leading role within the 5GAA to develop this technology further.”
The demonstration by Audi, Ford, Ducati and Qualcomm Technologies will be conducted live in Las Vegas by appointment and will also be livestreamed at Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive booth in the North Hall (booth 5609), and in the Central Hall throughout the show. The demonstration will also be shown in the Audi and Ford booths.