China Mobile Research Institute and Qualcomm Technologies announced new roadside units (RSUs) for 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 LTE-V2X direct communication (PC5) based on the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution. Developed by CMIoT and China Mobile Research Institute, the new RSUs will be showcased at the China Mobile booth during the WIoT 2018 expo. The cooperation between China Mobile Research Institute, CMIoT and Qualcomm Technologies, marks the extension of the three companies long-term, strategic relationship to the automobile and transportation sector, in which companies are working together to explore new technologies and applications for intelligent vehicles.

With its evolutionary path towards 5G New Radio (5G NR), LTE-V2X is a global solution for V2X communications designed to support improved automotive safety, automated driving and traffic efficiency and is currently the only V2X communication technology compliant with the global 3GPP specifications. The PC5-based direct communication mode of LTE-V2X offers vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications on the unified 5.9 GHz ITS bands without the need for a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), cellular subscription or network assistance. Utilizing LTE-V2X in vehicles and in RSUs, vehicles on the road will have the capability to directly communicate with RSUs allowing drivers to obtain information from RSUs in a variety of use cases such as traffic signal phase timing, quickly and efficiently. The 5GAA has shown through various live demonstration C-V2X’s readiness for the commercial deployment as early as 2019.

To address the challenge of lower latency, higher reliability and wider bandwidth of connected vehicles, China Mobile Research Institute is accelerating the maturity of LTE-V2X technology and is continuing to work with ecosystem partners set standards and to allocate spectrum for large-scale technical trials.