Qualcomm Technologies has teamed up with Panasonic Corporation of North America and Form Motor Company to deploy Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies in Colorado.
The cooperation will mark the first U.S. deployment of C-V2X technology and extend partnership between Panasonic and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). According to the announcement, these three companies will deploy the technology and assess C-V2X capabilities on select roadways with a help of Panasonic’s CityNOW headquarters in Denver.
Panasonic will team up with Kapsch TrafficCom and Ficosa in CDOT’s V2X development program where Kapsch TrafficCom will provide roadside units (RSUs), while Ford utility vehicles will be equipped with C-V2X devices using Ficosa’s CarCom platform, which will provide both vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) direct communications.
“The state of Colorado has been focused on the rapid deployment of connected vehicle technology to advance safety and are encouraged by the progression of C-V2X,” said Michael P. Lewis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We’re ready to help advance vehicle safety and serve as a hub for advanced vehicle testing, and development, with the support of Ford and technology leaders like Qualcomm Technologies and Panasonic.”
The C-V2X technology has been designed to be compatible with 5G and complement other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and Light Detection and Radar (LIDAR). It will provide low latency communication for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Roadside Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P), working on 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum, without the use of the cellular network.
“We are pleased to have aligned with Qualcomm Technologies with a deployment-ready environment and show our confidence in C-V2X’s safety critical communication capabilities,” said Jarrett Wendt, EVP Panasonic Corporation of North America. “We look forward to working alongside Ford, Qualcomm Technologies and the state of Colorado to accelerate industry deployment for the technology in Colorado and beyond.”
“Cross-industry collaboration is essential for C-V2X to reach its full potential and fully integrate into cities around the world,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Working with the CDOT, Ford, Panasonic, Kapsch TrafficCom and Ficosa allow us to make this step towards early commercialization for C-V2X in a real-world setting at scale and, as a result, support the technology to achieve commercial readiness leveraging the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution and subsequent products.”
Global C-V2X field validations with car manufacturers, automotive ecosystem participants, and in cooperation with regional governments are currently underway in Germany, France, Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S., with industry deployment expected to take place as early as 2020.