NXP Named Partner of USDOT for V2X Communications in Smart City Challenge

NXP Semiconductors has announced it has joined the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge as a provider of V2X technology. With this partnership, NXP, together with its partner Cohda Wireless, will provide the contest’s winning community with wireless communication modules that allow cars to securely exchange data, such as hazard warnings, to prevent accidents and improve traffic flow.

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NXP Semiconductors has announced it has joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge as a provider of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology. With this partnership, NXP, together with its partner Cohda Wireless, will provide the contest’s winning community with wireless communication modules that allow cars to securely exchange data, such as hazard warnings, over distances of more than a mile to prevent accidents and improve traffic flow.

The Smart City Challenge is a nationwide competition set to award the winning, medium-sized U.S. city a prize of $50 million through the Department of Transportation and its partners, for that city’s ideas to develop the connected city of the future and address the challenges that growing populations present to transportation infrastructure. As part of NXP’s partnership with the Department of Transportation, the winning city will also receive advanced NXP technologies, including V2X systems engineered to dramatically enhance the future of transportation.

NXP’s V2X RoadLINK™ chipsets are among the technologies to be provided to the contest’s winning community. RoadLINK allows drivers to “see” around corners, and through traffic obstacles such as big trucks ahead. The technology also allows cars to “talk” to traffic lights and give priority to emergency vehicles, truck platoons, buses or other priority means of transport. RoadLINK additionally protects against illegal attacks with NXP’s V2X hardware security technology.

NXP and its partner Cohda Wireless will jointly provide V2X Modules and development tools to the contest’s winning community. As part of the NXP RoadLINK™ chipset, the modules incorporate firmware from NXP partner Cohda Wireless and efficiently run Cohda’s V2X application software on NXP’s i.MX 6Solo applications processor. The NXP/Cohda technology will be on the road later this year in the first production cars by a major OEM.


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