Connected car initiative gets technology suppliers
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Australia-based Cohda Wireless to develop technology for the wireless communications between cars and traffic infrastructure, in Europe.
The two companies are the first automotive electronics suppliers to sign up to the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium, which already includes 12 car manufacturers.
Cohda is developing wireless communications for automotive safety applications using higher than commercial quality 802.11p 5.9GHz Wi-Fi links.
NXP and Cohda said they will market, under the Roadlink name, a car-to-X (C2X) secure communications for on-board units and road-side units in intelligent transport systems (ITS).
Automotive-ready modules based on Roadlink are currently being developed by companies including lesswire AG in Germany.
A specialist for automotive wireless networking, lesswire has announced a C2X module which supports the timely introduction of automotive applications from 2015 onwards, as planned by the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium.
“The IEEE802.11p modules that lesswire is designing based on RoadLink technology will combine NXP’s market-proven multi-standard software-defined radio, Cohda’s superior wireless reception algorithms, and lesswire’s expertise in automotive-grade networking solutions,” said Torsten Lehmann, general manager car entertainment solutions at NXP Semiconductors.
The companies in the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium want to see deployed a network allowing vehicles, traffic infrastructure, and service providers, wirelessly exchange information.
The consortium is therefore pushing for global harmonization of Car-to-Car (C2C) and Car-to-Infrastructure (C2I) communication standards, recognizing the need to adapt software to the regional characteristics of the US, European and Japanese markets.
“The fact that NXP, as a major driver of secure connected mobility solutions, has designed first automotive-ready products for C2X is a major step in the consortium’s plans of making car-to-car communication on European roads a reality from 2015 onwards,” said Søren Hess, general manager, CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium.
NXP and Cisco have both invested in Cohda. NXP will exclusively license the Cohda 802.11p technology together with its chipsets. Cohda will be NXP’s preferred partner for automotive 802.11p reference designs.
A video discussing NXP’s approach to C2X communications.
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