Ford announced that it is committing to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in all of its new vehicle models in the U.S. beginning in 2022.
C-V2X is a wireless communication technology that can “talk” to and “listen” for similarly equipped vehicles, people, and traffic management infrastructure such as traffic lights to relay important information and help make city mobility safer and less congested. Planned alongside the growing 5G cellular network, C-V2X enables direct communication between the connected devices. Because a signal does not need to travel to a cellular tower first, vehicles can quickly send and receive information. Ultimately, it lets drivers know what is ahead of them before they encounter it.
Ford said that its move to deploy this technology builds on its prior commitment to equip every model it releases in the U.S. with conventional cellular connectivity by the end of 2019. C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360, the company's suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks going forward.
With plans to roll out 5G cellular networks underway, C-V2X can complement the sensors of self-driving cars. While these vehicles will be capable of operating without C-V2X, the technology could add to its comprehensive view from the LiDAR, radar, and camera sensors.
Ford said it is working with industry and government organizations to create a technology-neutral regulatory environment so the technology will live up to its full potential. It is inviting other automakers, infrastructure and road operators, as well as government agencies to work with it to accelerate momentum for C-V2X.