Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications and solutions enable the exchange of information between vehicles and much more — people (V2P), such as bicyclists and pedestrians for alerts, vehicles (V2V) for collision avoidance, infrastructure (V2I) such as roadside devices for timing and prioritization, and the network (V2N) for real time traffic routing and other cloud travel services. The goal of V2X is to improve road safety, increase the efficiency of traffic, reduce environmental impacts and provide additional traveler information services. 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced the publication of a technical whitepaper titled V2X Cellular Solutions that details new connected car opportunities for the cellular and automotive industries.
“LTE cellular technology can be an important enabler for a best-in-class vehicle connectivity solution,” stated Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas. “A global LTE footprint and technology standards, combined with future-proof evolution, are enablers for Cellular V2X on the road to success in achieving the goals established for safety, information, ecology, maintenance and security, as well as entertainment, in the connected car of the future.”
Safety and congestion are the two biggest problems on our roadways today. Tens of thousands of people died on U.S. roadways last year, with a global figure higher than 1.2 million deaths (World Health Organization, 2015) and damages cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars and worldwide about US $1 trillion per year (Rocky Mountain Institute, 2016). Traffic congestion costs billions of gallons of wasted fuel each year, 3.1 billion gallons in the U.S. (Texas Transportation Institute, 2015), and a greater impact on the economy due to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation contributes 14 percent of the emissions causing global warming (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2014). V2X services are a potential solution to address many of these global concerns.
The whitepaper describes the benefits that Cellular V2X (C-V2X) can provide to support the U.S. Department of Transportation objectives of improving safety and reducing vehicular crashes. Cellular V2X can also be instrumental in transforming the transportation experience by enhancing traveler and traffic information for societal goals.
Chris Pearson added, “Cellular V2X will lead us into the future of a fully connected car experience. The vehicle can be supported by advanced services from the mobile network providing a safer, more efficient and enjoyable driving experience while having a positive impact on society.”
C-V2X is part of the 3GPP specifications in Release 14. 3GPP announced the completion of the initial C-V2X standard in September 2016. There is a robust evolutionary roadmap for C-V2X towards 5G with a strong ecosystem in place. C-V2X will be a key technology enabler for the safer, more autonomous vehicle of the future.
The whitepaper was written by members of 5G Americas and is available for free download on the 5G Americas website. Co-leaders of the white paper working group are DeWayne Sennett of AT&T and Michaela Vanderveen of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.