The annual Consumer Electronics (CES) conference has become a major show for automakers and suppliers to highlight the latest and greatest technological advances in cars. The past few years, there have been many announcements and demonstrations of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications, primarily using a Wi-Fi-based technology called Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC). The year marked a turning point, as a majority of the V2X announcements were based on Cellular V2X (C-V2X).
OnBoard Security didn’t make any new announcements at CES 2019, but a number of our partners and customers did. Here is a summary of some of the more significant announcements, in case you missed them.
Ford Announces C-V2X
This was probably the most impactful announcement around V2X during the entire show. Ford became the first automaker to announce C-V2X in production vehicles, starting in 2022. They also demonstrated the technology, along with Audi and Ducati, during the show using Qualcomm chipsets.
Tier 1 Suppliers Also Announce V2X
To add V2X capability to vehicles, the Tier 1 suppliers will need to source and build the V2X onboard units (with Aerolink® Communications security, of course). HARMAN demonstrated a vehicle “talking” to a motorcycle using C-V2X communications, with chips from Autotalks.
Valeo demonstrated a flexible telematics platform that supported both C-V2X and DSRC-based V2X, also using the Autotalks chips. There seems to be a growing number of suppliers who are opting for this hybrid approach, since the market has not yet chosen a winning technology.
Panasonic is another supplier who is supporting this hybrid approach, in the Colorado I-70 Connected Roadway project. They also demonstrated their new “Cirrus by Panasonic” connected vehicle data platform using V2X standards.
Don’t Forget the Infrastructure
Finally, a number of announcements and demonstrations focused on roadside units (RSUs) that support Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications.
Savari announced that its StreetWAVE™ 2000 RSU and MobiWAVE™ C-V2X software stack, combined with Qualcomm chips, have been “used in numerous trials and performance tests worldwide.”
Kapsch TrafficCom introduced its new C-V2X roadside unit, which it says is “the first configurable roadside unit” for C-V2X, and also uses the Qualcomm chipset.
Danlaw announced the launch of its C-V2X RouteLink Roadside Unit and AutoLink Onboard Unit, which supports DSRC technology as well. Danlaw's AutoLink OBU is currently deployed in numerous US pilots, including the Ann Arbor CVTE and the New York City CV Pilot program.
CES 2019 was clearly an inflection point for C-V2X and C-V2X/DSRC hybrid solutions. Based on its inclusion in nearly every announcement, I’d say that Qualcomm was the clear beneficiary of this new trend. OnBoard Security’s Aerolink products support both DSRC and C-V2X solutions, so we welcome the flurry of activity and look forward to the many life-saving, environmental and convenience benefits provided by V2X communications.