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V2X Coming to Virginia Roads

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Feb. 27, 2020—Audi, Qualcomm and the Virginia Department of Transportation are planning to deploy vehicle-to-everything communications later this year, according to multiple reports. Cellular vehicle-to-everything is a network based on cellular technology for vehicles to communicate with people, other cars, infrastructure, the internet and anything, Olivier Blanchard, a senior analyst at Futurum Research, says in a recent ADAPT story on the connected car.

The initial deployment is intended to coincide with the Federal Department of Transportation's initiative to establish a First Responder Safety Pilot Program.

Basic C-V2X will be used to deliver work zone warnings on highways as well as signal timing information on approaches to signalized intersections on arterial roadways.

For work zones, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution via an in-vehicle display in Audi Q8 SUVs will deliver a graduated warning, with the last link being a low-latency, reliable warning to drivers of a worker's physical presence. For arterial roads, the signal phase and timing from a traffic signal, will be transmitted with a chipset to the vehicle.

To begin, the initiative will use the 5.9GHz bandwidth proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will provide software and systems for the deployment, which will begin in the third quarter of 2020 and include demonstrations on select Virginia roads.


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