Bosch and Daimler join forces to work on fully automated, driverless system

Bosch and Daimler are joining forces to bring fully automated and driverless driving to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The objective is to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system. Bosch and Daimler aim to improve the flow of traffic in cities, enhance safety on the road and provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future.

Bosch and Daimler have announced they are joining forces to advance the development of fully automated and driverless driving. The two companies have entered into a development agreement to bring fully automated (SAE Level 4) and driverless (SAE Level 5) driving to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The objective is to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system. The project combines the total vehicle expertise of the world’s leading premium manufacturer with the system and hardware expertise of the world’s biggest supplier. The ensuing synergies should ensure the earliest possible series introduction of the secure technology.

By introducing fully automated and driverless driving to the urban environment, Bosch and Daimler aim to improve the flow of traffic in cities, enhance safety on the road and provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future. The technology will, among other things, boost the attraction of car sharing. It will allow people to make the best possible use of their time in the vehicle and open up new mobility opportunities for people without a driver’s licence, for example. The prime objective of the project is to achieve the production-ready development of a driving system which will allow cars to drive fully autonomously in the city. The idea behind it is that the vehicle should come to the driver rather than the other way round. Within a specified area of town, customers will be able to order an automated shared car via their smartphone. The vehicle will then make its way autonomously to the user and the onward journey can commence.

 

Source: https://www.daimler.com/innovation/case/autonomous/bosch-cooperation.html

U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues statement on safety value of 5.9 GHz spectrum

U.S. DOT claims that preserving the 5.9 GHz band for transportation communications is essential to public safety today and in the future. There are more than 70 active deployments of V2X communications. They claim they will continue to work closely with the FCC and NTIA to utilize the 5.9 GHz band for public safety applications and vehicle safety communications.

U.S. DOT claims that preserving the 5.9 GHz band for transportation communications is essential to public safety today and in the future. The automotive industry and municipalities are already deploying V2X technology and actively utilizing all seven channels of the 5.9 GHz band. There are more than 70 active deployments of V2X communications with thousands of vehicles already on the road. This technology has the potential to improve infrastructure, safety and efficiency as the Department works to make road travel and future transportation significantly safer.

As noted in the Department’s recent AV 3.0 guidance, the three-phase research plan currently underway was developed collaboratively with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce to explore spectrum sharing technology that maintains priority use for vehicle communications. The three phases of the test plan are interdependent and ongoing, and the testing will show whether unlicensed devices can safely operate in the 5.9 GHz band. With lifesaving safety capabilities at stake, the Department maintains that all three phases of research must be completed before any decisions about spectrum reallocation can be made.

The U.S. DOT claims it will continue to work closely with the FCC and NTIA to utilize the 5.9 GHz band for public safety applications and vehicle safety communications.

 

Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us-department-transportations-national-highway-traffic-safety-administration-issues

Cohda Wireless announces C-V2X software development kit

Cohda Wireless is announcing a pre-commercial C-V2X software development kit that allows users to compile and run C-V2X applications on the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.  This chipset is based upon the 3GPP Release 14 specifications for direct communications (PC5) between vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians over the globally harmonized 5.9GHz ITS spectrum. The objective of the kit is to accelerate the commercial introduction of C-V2X technology and will be of particular interest to OEMs given its pre-production readiness.

Cohda Wireless is announcing a pre-commercial C-V2X direct communications (PC5) software development kit that allows users with previous embedded Linux experience to compile and run C-V2X applications on the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.  The Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and is based upon the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications for direct communications (PC5) between vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians over the globally harmonized 5.9GHz ITS spectrum.

The company claims that the availability of the kit will accelerate the commercial introduction of C-V2X technology and will be of particular interest to OEMs given its pre-production readiness, and Cohda’s experience in previously launching a complete software stack in a production vehicle (2017 Cadillac CTS).

Cohda’s C-V2X software development kit includes all software necessary to allow users to modify and rebuild the Cohda firmware to individual specification and offers the following tools:

  • Concise and complete API documentation
  • Eclipse Integrated Development Environment, with pre-configured projects
  • Wireshark, with Cohda custom decoder, for easy packet-level debug and analysis
  • VSim, a comprehensive drive visualization, simulation and playback tool

In May 2018, Cohda Wireless became a member of 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), which is a global, cross-industry organisation of companies from the automotive and telecommunications industries, working together to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.


Source:  http://www.cohdawireless.com/cohda-announces-c-v2x-software-development-kit/

NXP Semiconductors and Hitachi Solutions collaborate on secure DSRC-based V2X solution for japanese market

NXP Semiconductors and Hitachi Solutions collaborate to develop a new V2X solution targeted at the Japanese market. The partnership will combine NXP’s V2X chipset and Hitachi Solutions’ V2X Software stack in a solution that is capable of supporting V2X implementations in the EU, US and Korea (5.9GHz) as well as Japan (760MHz). As part of the cooperation with Hitachi Solutions, NXP will implement the SAF5400, a high-performance single-chip DSRC modem that also supports Japan (760MHz).

NXP Semiconductors and Hitachi Solutions have announced a partnership to develop a new V2X solution targeted at the Japanese market. The solution will employ an NXP developed V2X modem and processor and a full Hitachi Solutions V2X software stack, providing automakers that target the Japanese market with a head start in the development of their own V2X solutions, whether they are on board units (OBUs) or full Telematics Modules. The solution’s ability to address 5.9GHz and 760MHz V2X implementations means that other markets, such as those in Europe and the United States, could be addressed with a single, reusable design, offering savings in automotive development costs.

As part of the cooperation with Hitachi Solutions, NXP will implement the SAF5400, what they claim is the world’s first automotive qualified, high-performance single-chip DSRC modem that also supports Japan (760MHz). Its unique scalable architecture and other features such as fast startup time, long range, dual digital antenna diversity and Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies offer car makers flexible options for global V2X adoption and field upgradeability. SAF5400 is the 2nd generation of the only global V2X solution and has been proven on the road since 2017.

The secure V2X single-chip modem incorporates NXP’s Software Defined Radio technology, which provides customers with a platform that supports different regional standards with a single hardware solution. This integration reduces development, qualification and maintenance efforts significantly and eases the challenges of global V2X rollouts. The modem includes a hardware engine for secure verification of incoming messages. The ultra-compact, single chip integration of analog RF with digital baseband processing provides a flexible architecture for different processor options, dependent on the need of the customer.

The NXP and Hitachi Solutions V2X solution will be available in Japan by 2019 and additional markets of Europe and North America soon after. Hitachi Solutions will support all layers above the SAF5400 firmware including network, facilities and application. NXP and Hitachi Solutions will offer strong Japan-based technical support as well as corresponding support in North America and Europe after additional rollouts.


Source: http://media.nxp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=254228&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2367619

Groupe PSA showcases the leading-edge V2X communication technology for connected cars in China

Groupe PSA today began demonstrating the latest LTE-V2X technology developed separately with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies Inc, in Wuxi, China. The project covers 226 road intersections, 170 sq km city area, over 600 communication base stations, more than 100,000 commercial users and 13 typical scenarios. The LTE-V2X project in Wuxi is scheduled to be implemented in three phases from 2017 to 2020.

Groupe PSA today began demonstrating its latest vehicle communication technologies in Wuxi, China. As an important part of the world’s first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application demonstration area, these technologies showcase the growing V2X ecosystem in China for Intelligent Connected Vehicles (ICV).

The V2X demonstration area in Wuxi is one of the key pilot projects supported by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Public Safety of China and by the Jiangsu Provincial Government. The project covers 226 road intersections, 170 sq km city area, over 600 communication base stations, more than 100,000 commercial users and 13 typical scenarios. The LTE-V2X project in Wuxi is scheduled to be implemented in three phases from 2017 to 2020. China hopes to make this city a pacesetter and extend the technology to other cities as well.

During the expo, Groupe PSA will demonstrate the latest LTE-V2X technology developed separately with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies Inc, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The demonstrations will feature Groupe PSA’s popular sport utility vehicle (SUV) models: DS 7 CROSSBACK, PEUGEOT 4008 and CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS. The DS cars will be equipped with Huawei’s solution based on C-V2Xand the PEUGEOT and CITROEN cars will be equipped with the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.

This is the first time that Groupe PSA is demonstrating its LTE-V2X technology in China. Demonstrations with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies’ LTE-V2X chipset solutions are being held separately with real use cases showing how LTE-V2X technology works in different traffic scenarios to significantly enhance road safety and traffic efficiency. As part of the demonstration, visitors are welcome to test and experience the benefits of LTE-V2X technology.  This demonstration marks the beginning of a series of field trials in China for ICV.

Groupe PSA’s vehicles, equipped with the LTE-V2X devices will be able to communicate with infrastructures on the side of the road, as well as receive real-time traffic information from traffic signals, incoming vehicles or pedestrians not visible by the driver. Its cars will demonstrate how this additional information will be used to help assess:  how to optimise speed to better navigate intersections, receive early warnings of dangerous situations thanks to the smart cameras on the road and be informed of events along the journey. Furthermore, Groupe PSA vehicles are able to communicate with each other directly, and with pedestrians. This allows the driver to receive a warning when a car needs to apply the emergency brakes or the pedestrian is crossing the vehicle’s path.

The Group is a member of different telecommunications alliances including the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) and the Telematics Industry Application Alliance (TIAA).

Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies are continuing to build a strong working relationship, collaborating to develop next-generation infotainment systems, LTE-V2X communication technology, and telematics solutions. In July 2018, both companies worked alongside leading automakers and suppliers to demonstrate LTE-V2X direct communication interoperability between vehicles, motorcycles and infrastructure in France.

Groupe PSA and Huawei set up the strategic partnership on connected vehicles last November, together building a Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP) for Groupe PSA.


Source: https://media.groupe-psa.com/en/groupe-psa-showcases-leading-edge-v2x-communication-technology-connected-cars-china

Autotalks launches a global V2X solution unifying DSRC and C-V2X on its deployment-ready chipset

Autotalks announced the launch of their 2nd generation V2X chipset that supports both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest security level. While DSRC-based V2X is deployed in the US, Europe and Japan, C-V2X is gaining momentum in other regions. Autotalks’ PC5 solution utilizes the globally defined 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network agnostic.

Autotalks announced the launch of what they claim is the first ever global V2X solution. Autotalks’ deployment-ready, 2nd generation V2X (Vehicle to Everything) chipset is capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest security level. The chipset supports DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications.

V2X communication is heading to mass-market adoption as the world’s largest OEMs announced intentions to equip their new car models with the technology. In recent years, V2X diverged into two different technologies, DSRC and C-V2X, with fundamentally different architectures, making it difficult to harmonize a single global solution. Autotalks addresses the need for a global solution by equipping its mass-market ready 2nd generation chipsets with C-V2X in addition to their native support of DSRC.

While DSRC-based V2X is deployed in the US, Europe and Japan, C-V2X is gaining momentum in other regions. Autotalks chipsets were designed from the ground up to meet V2X market requirements and standards, which gives its C-V2X offering a head start to meet security, environmental, quality, thermal and other requirements. Delivering dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) functionality on existing automotive qualified AEC-Q100 grade 2 chipsets while leveraging production grade software and maintaining the present API, enables the shortest time to market for a global dual-mode V2X platform. Autotalks solution is aimed at minimizing development, testing and certification efforts for a V2X system to be deployed anywhere, via a software-defined toggle between V2X technologies.

Autotalks’ PC5 solution utilizes the globally defined 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network agnostic (no cellular SIM or coverage required, works without or with any 3G/4G/5G cellular modem). Separating V2X from the cellular Network Access Device (NAD) improves the cost-effectiveness of Telematic Control Unit (TCU) deployments.  The separation of V2X from in-vehicle infotainment ensures that the purpose of the V2X system, which is giving drivers alerts of on-road dangers, is not compromised. Furthermore, V2X isolation combined with Autotalks’ recognized cybersecurity leadership, leads to a truly secure platform; a fundamental V2X requirement and necessity. To learn more about the separation of PC5 from cellular NAD, please read this whitepaper.


Source: https://www.auto-talks.com/autotalks-launches-the-worlds-first-global-v2x-solution-unifying-dsrc-and-c-v2x-on-its-deployment-ready-chipset/

Ford releases safety assessment report for self-driving vehicle development

Ford releases a report that outlines its approach to autonomous vehicle development and details its prioritization of safety during self-driving vehicle development, as well as how the company is working closely with industry and government partners.

As Ford pursues its goal of developing a self-driving vehicle for deployment in 2021, the company released a report that outlines its approach to autonomous vehicle development. The 44-page document, titled “A Matter of Trust,” details Ford’s prioritization of safety during self-driving vehicle development, as well as how the company is working closely with industry and government partners, and how it is applying the technology to solve the challenges our cities face.

Click here to view the safety report. Click here to view the letter sent by Sherif Marakby, president and CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, to U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

 

Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2018/08/16/a-matter-of-trust-ford-releases-safety-assessment-report.html

Telefónica and SEAT present the first use case of assisted driving via the mobile network in a real setting in Segovia

Telefónica and SEAT present a V2X use case in Segovia within the framework of the 5G Technological Cities project by equipping a both a vehicle and road infrastructure with C-V2X technology enabling the exchange of information. The initiative was carried out in collaboration with FICOSA, SICE and Nokia.

Telefónica and SEAT today have presented what they claim is the first use case in Segovia within the framework of the 5G Technological Cities project by equipping a both a vehicle and road infrastructure with C-V2X (Cellular V2X) technology enabling the exchange of information, making it the first step towards V2X (Vehicle 2 everything) vehicular communication using existing mobile networks in a real urban setting.

SEAT contributed an Ateca equipped with the latest connectivity technology that was modified to issue alerts to the driver through the instrument panel. The initiative was also carried out in collaboration with FICOSA, which manufactured the C-V2X communication device in the car; SICE, the owner of the road infrastructure which collaborated by equipping intersection traffic lights with connectivity, and Nokia, which implemented an MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) server, serving as the communication platform between the vehicle and the road infrastructure.

More specifically, the two use cases of assisted driving presented in Segovia consisted in:

  • The vehicle receiving an alert from a traffic light when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk in a blind right-hand corner. In addition, if the driver signals their intent to turn by activating the right turn signal, the vehicle displays an alert on the instrument panel that there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The vehicle receiving an alert from a traffic light when it is about to change to red. According to its location, speed and course, the vehicle decides whether it has enough time to cross the intersection. If not, a warning alert is displayed on the instrument panel so the driver can prepare for a controlled stop.

 

Source: https://www.seat-mediacenter.com/newspage/allnews/company/2018/Telefonica-and-SEAT-present-the-first-use-case-of-assisted-driving-via-the-mobile-network-in-a-real-setting-in-Segovia.html

5GAA, BMW Group, Ford and Groupe PSA exhibit first European demonstration of C-V2X direct communication interoperability between multiple automakers

5GAA, BMW Group, Ford and Groupe PSA announced today Europe’s first live demonstration of C-V2X direct communication technology operating across vehicles from multiple auto manufacturers. The demonstration exhibited the road safety and traffic efficiency benefits of using C-V2X for V2V collision avoidance, as well as V2I connectivity to traffic signals and Traffic Management Centers over ITS spectrum.

The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Groupe PSA — in association with Qualcomm Technologies, and Savari — announced today Europe’s first live demonstration of C-V2X direct communication technology operating across vehicles from multiple auto manufacturers. The live demonstration also featured a live showcase of C-V2X direct communication technology operating between passenger cars, motorcycles, and roadside infrastructure.

The demonstration exhibited the road safety and traffic efficiency benefits of using C-V2X for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) collision avoidance, as well as Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) connectivity to traffic signals and Traffic Management Centers (TMC). C-V2X was operated using real-time direct communications over ITS spectrum and demonstrated its ability to work without cellular network coverage, and underscores its commercial readiness for industry deployment as early as 2020. Superior performance and cost-effectiveness compared to other V2X technologies, along with forward-compatibility with 5G, make C-V2X direct communications a preferred solution for C-ITS applications.

Six demonstrations were shown including Emergency Electronic Brake Light, Intersection Collision Warning, Across Traffic Turn Collision Risk Warning, Slow Vehicle Warning and Stationary Vehicle Warning, Signal Phase and Timing / Signal Violation Warning and Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian) Warning. The vehicles involved included two-wheel e-scooters provided by BMW Group, and automotive passenger vehicles provided by Ford, Groupe PSA, and BMW Group, all of which were equipped with C-V2X direct communication technology using the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.  V2X software stack and application software, along with roadside infrastructure, were provided by industry leader, Savari.

C-V2X currently stands as the only V2X technology based on globally recognized 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications, with ongoing evolution designed to offer forward compatibility with 5G.  C-V2X also leverages and reuses the upper layer protocols defined by the automotive industry, including the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) organization. C-V2X includes two complementary transmission modes:

  • Direct communication as shown in this demonstration for V2V and V2I use cases
  • V2N network communication, which leverages mobile operators for connectivity and delivers cloud-based services, including automated crash notification (ACN, as mandated by eCall), hazard warnings, weather conditions, green light optimal speed advisory (GLOSA), parking spot location, and remote tele-operation to support automated driving, to name a few.

 

Source: http://5gaa.org/news/5gaa-bmw-group-ford-and-groupe-psa-exhibit-first-european-demonstration-of-c-v2x-direct-communication-interoperability-between-multiple-automakers/

Hyundai invests in Autotalks to develop Connectivity Technology

Hyundai Motor announced today its strategic partnership with Autotalks through a direct investment to accelerate the development and deployment of the next generation chipset for connected cars. Hyundai is expanding partnerships in the connectivity field to further strengthen connectivity technology vital to autonomous driving and explore new business opportunities within smart city infrastructure.

Hyundai Motor announced today its strategic partnership with Autotalks through a direct investment to accelerate the development and deployment of the next generation chipset for connected cars.

V2X technology allows vehicles to communicate with one another, with other road users and road infrastructure, enhancing road safety and mobility. The main focus of any V2X solution is safety. As a reliable non-line-of-sight sensor working in all environments and weather conditions, it helps prevent road collisions and avoid dangerous situations. In manned vehicles, V2X systems convey important information to the driver in the form of alerts and notifications and can also actuate the vehicle in dangerous situations. In autonomous vehicles, V2X complements existing sensors, allowing them to make more informed decisions as well as easing their interaction with other road users.

Hyundai is expanding partnerships in the connectivity field to further strengthen connectivity technology vital to autonomous driving and explore new business opportunities within smart city infrastructure.

 

Source: https://www.hyundai.news/eu/brand/hyundai-motor-company-invests-in-autotalks-to-develop-connectivity-technology-for-increased-road-safety/