Volkswagen Golf launches with NXP’s vehicle-to-everything technology
NXP Semiconductors announced the rollout of its RoadLINK V2X communication solution in the new Volkswagen Golf. The recently released Golf is the first volume European car model equipped with V2X, according to the companies. The technology is designed to help prevent accidents by having cars communicate with each other, independent of car brands and without the support of cellular infrastructure.
“Road safety forms the core of VW’s commitment to its customers. As a high-volume manufacturer, we aim to be a pioneer in this space,” said Dr. Johannes Neft, Head of Vehicle Body Development for the Volkswagen brand. “The introduction of V2X, together with traffic infrastructure providers and other vehicle manufacturers, is a major milestone in this direction. Volkswagen includes this technology, which doesn’t involve any user fees, as a standard feature to accelerate V2X penetration in Europe.”
“Volkswagen has taken a bold step to seize the road safety initiative through the implementation of V2X,” said Torsten Lehman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Driver Assistance and Infotainment at NXP. “After proving our technology in more than one million test days globally, we are pleased that our RoadLINK technology, developed in cooperation with Cohda Wireless, was chosen to enable new levels of safety in Europe’s most popular car model, the new Golf.”
NXP and Volkswagen have collaborated for reliability and performance, as well as for standardization of V2X communication that addresses cybersecurity and privacy protection.
The companies describe Wi-Fi-based V2X as a "mature technology that has been tested for more than 10 years." Presently, 1000 km (620 mi) of European roads are equipped with V2X technology based on Wi-Fi, with 5000 km (3100 mi) planned through the end of 2019. According to NXP and VW, V2X communication is set to become a critical part of advanced driving-assistance systems and the migration to autonomous cars that communicate with each other and with traffic infrastructure.