Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies are partnering to trial C-V2X technology that would enable vehicles to communicate directly, as the first step of 5G deployment. Their tests are based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Program’s over 5.9 GHz spectrum.
At the InOut Digital Mobility event in March 2018 in Rennes, France, Groupe PSA and Qualcomm will host the first demonstration in France. It will feature PSA’s cars enabled with C-V2X technology using the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset and reference platform. Specific use-cases will demonstrate how C-V2X technology can support ADAS capabilities. The demonstration will show how vehicles can alert each other to potential hazards.
C-V2X enables vehicles to exchange information with other vehicles and with pedestrian devices. C-V2X’s evolution will incorporate 5G New Radio (NR) features, which are designed to provide high throughput, ultra-low latency, high reliability and wideband carrier support for advanced use cases for autonomous driving, including high throughput sensor, intent sharing and 3D HD map updates.
To further support the global expansion of the C-V2X ecosystem, Groupe PSA recently joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA); 5GAA supports C-V2X direct and network communications, and has grown to more than 70 member companies, including auto makers and their suppliers, mobile operators, semiconductor companies, test equipment vendors, telecom network suppliers, and ITS equipment and software suppliers.
“C-V2X has significant global momentum and broad ecosystem support to ensure its success as a relevant V2X technology,” said Carla Gohin, senior vice president, head of innovation at Groupe PSA. “C-V2X direct communications is an important component for transportation safety thanks to the connected cars that the Groupe PSA is already embracing with onboard telematics. We are pleased to work in close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies for validating the technology, working on advanced use cases, and ensuring global adoption of C-V2X and its evolution into 5G.”
“Much like Qualcomm Technologies, Groupe PSA is a leading force in innovation that helps advance the entire automotive industry,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president, Qualcomm Europe and MEA. “This effort is an extension of our long-standing relationship including Groupe PSA’s selection of Qualcomm Technologies’ solutions for its 4G telematics, Snapdragon infotainment systems and smart antenna platform.
“We look forward in continuing to collaborate with Groupe PSA to include C-V2X and 5G into its vehicle line-up and to bring the benefits of the most advanced automotive technologies to their customers across the globe.”