One of the most important developments out of CES 2019 was the momentum of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology and how Ford will roll it out to its global fleet by 2022. Amid robotics, health and wellness gadgets, laptops and a bevy of other devices, Ford’s move to adopt Qualcomm’s cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) platform was largely overlooked. A few years from now I’m willing to bet that Ford’s move to roll out C-V2X will be the one technology development during CES 2019 that anyone will actually remember. Simply put, C-V2X is the glue that’ll bind automobiles, smart cities and infrastructure to enable a lot of the promise that to date has been elusive. Here’s a primer on C-V2X and what it’ll enable. What is C-V2X? According to the GSMA, C-V2X was standardized in June 2017. The connectivity system leverages LTE networks, provides reliable communication and supports short- and long-range transmissions between vehicles and infrastructure. C-V2X is also in the 5G roadmap. Free PDF download: Tech and the future of transportation One of the more promising developments with C-V2X is that it can offer direct communications between vehicles and infrastructure as well as other road users. C-V2X can work independently of the cell networks. Direct communication is one transmission mode, and network connectivity is another. Network communication is what allows a vehicle to get information on road conditions, traffic and weather. Related: CES 2019: Toyota details Guardian driver assist to avoid car crashes | CES 2019: Nvidia partners with Mercedes on artificial intelligence | CES 2019: Ford demos cellular… [Read full story]
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