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Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything Demonstration Takes Place in Germany

A live demonstration of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) interoperability between roadside infrastructure and vehicles took place in Ingolstadt, Germany this week.

An Audi Q7, Audi A4 and a Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycle performed an intersection collision warning in which a motorcycle equipped with C-V2X technology narrowly avoided a car that pulls out onto an intersection in error.

The motorcycle had C-V2X technology installed that utilised Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, which communicated with the vehicles in the operating area, updating them on the evolving situation to help avoid a collision.

The demonstration was performed by the Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) group who are comprised of Ducati, Qualcomm, Ericsson, SWARCO and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

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Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding commented in the announcement that: “This is the perfect demonstration of use cases in which the modern technologies can drastically improve the safety of future motorcycle users.”

“Indeed, the C-V2X communication is definitely one of the key projects of the Ducati 2025 safety road map,” he added.

C-V2X has direct communications and network-based communications capabilities. The technology will utilises emerging 5G technology to provide high-speed situational awareness information to embedded sensors in vehicles and roadside infrastructure.

Stefan Koetz, Chairman of the management board of Ericsson GmbH commented in the release: “This is why we are currently focusing on 5G-based mobility solutions like C-V2X, whether in test series like today’s ConVeX trials or large-scale test fields, such as the 5G Connected Mobility testbed on the A9.”

Head of Mobile Communications and Car2X Technologies for Audi Christoph Voigt stated in the release that:

“The demonstration of safety use cases with 3GPP compliant C-V2X technology within the ConVeX project between vehicles and motorcycles gives an outlook into the key role that vehicle-to-vehicle and 5G wireless technologies will play in the future of Audi and in the automotive industry.”

Qualcomm state that their 9150 C-V2X chipset is ready to go into production in vehicles as early as 2019.

The consortium is co-funded by German Federal Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the scope of the “Automated and Connected Driving on Digital Test Fields in Germany” programme.
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