Qualcomm Technologies has developed a new chipset that enables cars to communicate with other vehicles and their surroundings which will improve help improve safety for automated cars.
The new Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X (vehicle-to-x) will be made available for sampling to automakers in 2018 and is expected to be found in autonomous cars by the year 2019. Audi, Peugeot, and Citroën have agreed to test Qualcomm's new chipset.
However, unlike current setups, the 9150 C-V2X does not need a sim card to work and instead uses the 5.9 GHz frequency that in the United States has been blocked off by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) specifically for short range communications between vehicles. The chipset uses the frequency to connect with vehicles and send messages regarding Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) scenarios.
The new Chipset will make use of both 4G and 5G technologies to communicate using the former for basic safety communication while the latter with its high data capabilities will be used for complicated procedures requiring lots of bandwidth.
"C-V2X offers benefits to the automotive industry by developing new capabilities for improving road safety, and enhancing autonomous driving and advanced connected services," said Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm's VP of product management, in a statement. "C-V2X is expected to support safer roads, increase productivity and decrease traffic congestion."
Currently, V2X tech isn't widely in use. The biggest example of the usage of the tech is Audi's partnership with the City of Las Vegas, which allows new Audi cars to communicate with the city's traffic light system and inform their drivers a light is about to turn from red to green.
Qualcomm's new 9150 C-V2X enables cars to connect to other vehicles, infrastructure, and pedestrians, improving active safety and driver assist systems. Hopefully, if everything goes well in testing, we may soon see autonomous cars that can detect traffic jams and map a way around the problem, which in India will be a huge boon.