NXP Semiconductors announced its secure connected car V2X RoadLINK chips will be available for the first time from Delphi RoadLink for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication using autograde Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11p). This would enable connected cars to have V2V and V2I features in use on roads in two years.
NXP chips with software from Cohda Wireless allows alerts to cars from cars and infrastructure. Infrastructure includes traffic lights, signage and municipal systems. Data is protected and hacker threats are thwarted by NXP’s V2X hardware security module.
Following GM’s announcement of V2V(Vehicle-to-Vehicle) devices coming to 2017 Cadillac models, Delphi announced it will be supplying the GM with technology and also stated the world’s first V2V/V2I products will be available in 2016.
Delphi reported that it is the first company with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technology to significantly advance driver alerts.
GM will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies in 2017 starting with Cadillac and make driving less work for the hands and feet of drivers with Super Cruise (semi-automated driving) and V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) communications.
Super Cruise will offer hands-off the wheel lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. GM semi-automated driving technology will also work in stop-and-go driving. This will make driving in heavy traffic and on long road trips easier.
Stop signs mean stop, the usual reason for stopping is to look both ways at an intersection to see if anyone else is coming. In areas without a lot of traffic stopping at stop signs burns fuel and wastes time/money.
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are in the early stages of research in which, instead of putting the road signs on the road, interactive signs appear inside the car. If no other car is present at the intersection, the will driver can drive on through.
President Obama got into the driver’s seat at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA to try out vehicle driving simulation.
“Man, this is so exciting,” he remarked. “I haven’t been on the road in a long time.” After his test drive he said, “It was sort of like ‘Knight Rider.”
The president after a tour of the facility stated that self-driving cars could cut reduce accidents, gas use and commuting times. He noted that 80% of crashes could be abated and 3,9 million gallons of gas.
He also thought it was great that as a father of teenager, making driving safer is important to him as well as being good for the economy.
Obama wants Congress to fund more programs of the Federal Highway Trust fund. He also reported that traffic costs the average driver $800 a year in gas and outdated roads cause businesses to pay $27 billion more in freight costs.
He like that the technology of V2V and V2I helps saves lives, saves money and leads to new jobs in new industries.
He said, “Instead of barely paying our bills in the present, we should be investing in the future.”
He did complain that the driving simulator did not have radio.
The President visited the Human Factors Laboratory and Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, and spoke to employees .
Connected car technology is hitting the road in Michigan through two initiatives, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center was recently launched focusing on emerging technology in collaboration with the government and transportation industry to make improvements to travel for both humans and cargo.
We may be driving more safely in the future when cars connect to each other. The U.S. government is looking into cars, buses and trucks communicate to each other and to the Department of Transportation to cut down on accidents, gas consumption and speeding. After reviewing research, the government will work on laws to require vehicle data connections in future models.
It’s called Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication in which vehicles talk to each other. It’s sort of like data saying to your car, “I’m over here traveling a 30 mph and you’re going 25 mph, get ready for a fender bender,” or “Watch out the drunk driving this car is going to run the stop sign!”