ConVeX in world-first C-V2X demonstration

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The Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) consortium is showcasing C-V2X safety use cases at a new trilateral testbed in France, Germany and Luxembourg.

On April 5, 2019, the consortium, formed in 2016 by Audi, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Swarco and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, announced the world’s first cross-border demonstration for C-V2X direct communication.

The companies participated in a cross-border digital testbed Project Day in Schengen, Luxembourg, at the new trilateral testbed. The event was hosted by France’s Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the Luxembourg Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy.

ConVeX, co-funded by BMVI, showcased the reliability, range and performance of C-V2X direct communication between vehicles and with infrastructure, across three European borders.

Audi vehicles and Swarco’s intelligent road infrastructure were equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Platform. Throughout the event, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X platform was used to show vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) safety use cases, demonstrating the maturity and potential of C-V2X technology and the ability to operate without the need for SIM subscription (via PC5) to potentially address challenges faced with roaming and network subscriptions. These use cases include Roadworks Warnings (RWW), In-Vehicle Information (IVI) and Slow or Stationary Vehicle Warnings.

For the ConVeX project, and for the first time, Swarco provided a C-V2X technology-based communication between real infrastructure components and vehicles on public roads in Europe.

“Digitization and cross-industry collaboration have always been key to shaping the connected and autonomous vehicles of tomorrow,” said Jens Kötz, head of electrics, electronics networking and energy systems at Audi.

“As we’ve seen through the latest demonstrations from the ConVeX consortium, the evolution of communication technology in vehicles is developing at a rapid pace, and as the technology continues to evolve toward 5G, we can expect to see major advancements around new solutions focused on safety, comfort and entertainment functionalities.”

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