Vehicles are becoming increasingly more connected. To everything. This evolving process is part of our world’s ongoing shift towards connected communication and data sharing. And urban tech industry players couldn’t be more excited. After all, their innovations could easily fall within the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) space, making travel, especially to, from and within cities more informed, more efficient and safer than ever before. But how much do you really know about the wonderful world of V2X?
Here are 5 things you must know, especially if you’re looking to launch your urban tech development and drive the future of connected vehicle innovation forward.
#1 – V2X is an umbrella term that includes several communication concepts
There are several communication concepts that together form V2X, a car’s comprehensive communication system. These include V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle), V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure), V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian), V2N (vehicle-network) and V2D (vehicle-to-devices). The car receives critical data from a myriad of sensors, cameras and other sources and communicates with each concept selectively and as part of a multifaceted system, ensuring that the driver is alerted to potential dangers, as well as to beneficial information that could make the driving experience more efficient and enjoyable.
#2 – A bloody battle is being waged between DSRC and C-V2X
How connected cars connect and communicate is currently the subject of heated debate, mainly between automotive industry players and telecommunication companies. This mainly pertains to the subject of which technology should be used to enable V2X communication – DSRC (digital short-range communications), based on the IEEE’s 802.11p standard, or C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything communication),
which currently relies on LTE (4G) networks, but is expected to be upgraded to 5G in the near future. DSRC’s main advantage is that it has years ofbeing tested and vetted under its belt, though regulatory bodies keep stalling its full-scale adoption. C-V2X, on the other hand, is being hailed for its accessibility –
most people have cellphones in their pockets and can, therefore, provide critical data in the nick of time, and of course the infrastructure that is, basically, already all around us. At the end of the day, thewinner of the battle will be whichever technology successfully overcomes regulatory limitations and penetrates the mass market – first.
#3 – V2X includes the essential V2I, but I2V and even I2I are at least as important
Everybody’s talking about the vehicles communicating with other road elements, but what about the information the infrastructure can provide the vehicles and moreover – the communication between the different infrastructure elements such as the road itself, traffic lights, smart signage and many others.
#4 – While the ultimate goal of V2X communication is safety, other use cases abound
The data collected via V2X systems is invaluable – to drivers, car manufacturers, smart cities (the municipalities themselves), urban tech developers and service providers. This data is, first and foremost, collected in order to improve safety on the roads, but is also leveraged to create a better, more efficient and enjoyable user experience (of the car, the city and its infrastructure) while driving, as well as for pedestrians and other people living and taking advantage of the smart city they’re in. For example, collected data can be used to inform GPS navigation systems, for a quicker, smoother ride, guide drivers to available parking and let them know about any associated fees, help streamline traffic light changes, guide the EV driver to the best suited charging station, and more, including paving the way towards autonomous driving.
#5 – V2X (or X2X) could save the world
V2X is not only capable of changing the way the modern motorist drives,
it is also poised to change the world…
V2X is a revolutionary paradigm that extends beyond the physical barriers of the vehicle and has the potential to engender broad and far-reaching change in the way the modern city dweller experiences urban living. Are you ready to take the high road and join the V2X revolution?