V2X, the newest technology concept for connected and intelligent cars promises to create a smart network of traffic and to connect the car with everything around.
Technology is a wave that spreads through several areas of knowledge as time passes and society evolves.
From surgery machines to smart home appliances, everything is changing at all times. With traffic, this is no different. Cars also need to keep pace with evolution, but how? Well, one of the newest concepts worked by technology giants is the V2X, a proposal to connect the car with everything around them to make the traffic more comfortable, efficient and safe.
What is and how the V2X V2X works, is a concept for connected, autonomous, assisted cars. First of all, it serves as a reference for technological evolution in vehicles. It has given rise to two widely known technical standards, namely DSRC (dedicated short-range communications) and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to X).
Both use the same initial concept, and the C-V2X is an evolution of the DSRC and should establish itself as a new standard in the future.
C-V2X = CELLULAR VEHICLE TO EVERYTHING
The name, or concept, V2X comes from the English Vehicle to X, that is, from the vehicle to whatever element in traffic.
Several connections can be listed, for example: V2I vehicle for transport infrastructure, V2P pedestrian vehicle, V2N vehicle for a network (Network) and V2V vehicle for a vehicle.
A video that sums up this concept was released by Qualcomm and can be watched right below.
One of the video examples is the alert issued by the vehicle when overtaking is not safe.
This is a technology that defines car communication for everything that is around you. The car creates a network to perceive all agents involved in traffic to ensure more efficiency.
Each vehicle equipped with the technology can generate a series of data on the street in which it is circulating and collaborating with this information for other vehicles fitted with the desk functionality.
Of course, the main focus is to analyze and work together with other cars, but pedestrians and other elements of traffic such as cyclists, traffic lights and other variables can also be involved more in this process with the evolution of the concept.
Example of connection between cars and the various elements of traffic One of the newest chips presented for this solution is for C-V2X technology and was named 9150 C-V2X by Qualcomm.
Among the examples of features tested is understanding the world around so that it can avoid accidents and indicate better routes for the passenger.
It alerts the driver about the ideal speed, indicates when there is any risk of a collision around the vehicle pointing the direction, and also when there is a risk in intersections.
The chip can also identify irregular stretches of lane, curves, pedestrians and other traffic elements near the road.
To do many of these actions, Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X uses 5G, which has low latency and should be the standard that will become popular among cars. As this is the next step of connection for smartphones as well, the measure will help a lot so that more cars start to come equipped with this technology.
For the consumer, it seems quite simple to understand; it is a technology with several functions able to protect us and help us from day to day to move from point A to point B with more comfort and safety.
C-V2X WILL USE THE 5G NETWORK TO CREATE A NETWORK OF COLLABORATION
For engineers and programmers, who have to develop and apply all the codes, it is complicated and may take a few years to popularize their chips and achieve a significant number of partners.
Apart from everything that has been mentioned, the most surprising is the possibility of creating a collaborative network.
With so many cars connected, you will be able to know how the traffic conditions are very easy. This will help large cities drastically reduce traffic jams.
This type of premise works, as we can see in a much simpler way, applied to Waze. That collaborative application that allows everyone to share where they have traffic and how to avoid it. So we’ve already seen that this kind of solution works.
Another advantage commented by the programmers of Qualcomm is to use the front camera of the vehicle that is in front of him in the traffic to see what is in front of him and to be anticipated of some danger.
On the other hand, Intel has also been looking for solutions for cars of the future. Recently the company bought Mobileye for 15 billion, a company with a focus on smart mobility and has as central technology ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), that is, for now, it does not seem to work with the C-V2X nor DSRC, although it brings a concept similar to V2X.
Nevertheless, it seems that the C-V2X will be what will be established from now on, but it is necessary to follow the transformations to see if this is what is going to happen.