“We had a 10-year battle with the FCC for radio spectrum,” said Hilary Kane, vice president of technology, innovation and mobility policy for the Alliance. “Now the technical bases for the C-V2X still need to be finalised. But the V2X is so important because, unlike traditional car sensors, the C-V2X can see around corners and through things.”
To communicate, the industry will initially use LTE cellular technology; To avoid transmission delays, the vehicles will talk to each other directly, rather than through cellular transmission towers. Eventually, the system will switch to 5G standards, allowing for faster connectivity.
One piece of positive news: V2X’s security features won’t cost extra.
“I’ve never heard of any car company planning to take advantage of this safety technology,” Ms Keane said. It is a collaborative technology. All vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, regardless of their type.”
“The V2X is a very important feature in vehicles; it will make an enormous contribution to safety,” said Maite Bezerra, intelligent mobility and auto industry analyst at ABI Research, a technology intelligence firm in London.
There are many accidents today that can be prevented. And with advanced warnings of traffic jams and red lights that reduce sudden braking, fuel efficiency will also be improved. “
While manufacturers and governments around the world see the value of V2X, none have mandated its use. In China and Europe, the V2X will become part of the New Vehicle Assessment Program, or NCAP, with models earning points for including V2X systems.
In the United States, the FCC has not yet issued the final rules governing V2X standards. A number of automakers — including Audi, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover — as well as several government departments of transportation and equipment manufacturers have submitted an application to the FCC for a waiver, which, if granted, would allow the introduction of C-V2X technology. The waiver request, which was submitted last December, has yet to be acted upon.