Huawei, Vodafone and Jaguar to launch cellular-connected cars

Huawei, Vodafone and Jaguar presented their C-V2X technology, a cellular vehicle-to-everything connected car that aims to enhance road safety at a recent event in London


In a joint collaboration, Huawei, Vodafone and Jaguar Land Rover have showcased their C-V2X technology, a cellular vehicle-to-everything connected car, at an event in London, with the intention to use the technology to optimize road safety standards.

The development of the C-V2X system started in 2015, "with the belief that the ubiquity of mobile networks will play an important role in connecting vehicles, road users and infrastructure in order to create a step-change in road safety and connected mobility," Vodafone's head of R & D Luke Ibbetson stated.

According to Huawei, the cellular connected car was tested against the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaboration project between telecommunications group, setting standards for 3G mobile systems.

"Connected car technology has the potential to improve road safety by enabling drivers to gain greater awareness of vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians in their vicinity, in what is called a cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS)," Huawei said in a statement.

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The C-V2X is built on Jaguars F-Pace and Land Discovery cars and powered by Huawei's chips which supports short and long-range mobile communications. To connect with the other cars, the cars connect to Vodafone's mobile network to gain awareness of surrounding vehicles. Additionally, the C-V2X-powered cars will have the ability to leverage Huawei's roadside unit (RSU) for speed limit alerts.

According to Huawei, the new technology will provide various safety alerts such as an alert to avoid incidents at T-junctions and an alert if a car is changing lanes or about to overtake the driver from a blind spot.

The launch date for the cellular connected cars was not announced, but Ibbetson said that the live demonstration can provide an affirmation to drivers "that the technology has reached a mature stage and is ready for deployment".

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