Ford Accelerates Connectivity Strategy in China; Targets Production of First C-V2X-Equipped Vehicle in 2021

Ford today announced plans to begin deploying C-V2X technology in China in 2021 to accelerate the commercial deployment of C-V2X wireless communication technology. This month, Ford began testing its C-V2X-based driver-assist technology combined with Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology in Shanghai.

Ford Motor Company today announced plans to begin deploying cellular vehicle-to-everything, or C-V2X, technology in Ford vehicles in China in 2021. This commitment demonstrates Ford’s drive to accelerate the commercial deployment of C-V2X wireless communication technology, and follows the company’s plan to deploy C-V2X technology in all new Ford models in the United States beginning in 2022.

As a key member of the 5G Automobile Association (5GAA), Ford is working closely with industry and government agencies around the world to accelerate momentum for C-V2X development and deployment. Working together with the driver-assist technologies of today, including the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite, and autonomous driving technologies of the future, C-V2X provides an additional source of data about city infrastructure, traffic, construction and emergency vehicles. Similar to the way hearing and vision work together to help a person navigate a complex world, C-V2X complements vehicle sensors such as radar, LiDAR and camera systems to enhance a vehicle’s ability to operate in complex environments, potentially mitigating risks in blind interactions, bad weather, and other challenging conditions.

This month, Ford began testing its C-V2X-based driver-assist technology combined with Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology in Shanghai. MEC technology moves cloud computing to the roadside infrastructure to enhance latency and reliability. During the tests, Ford vehicles equipped with C-V2X will be able to interact with a variety of road users – including pedestrians and vehicles without C-V2X capability – via cameras from roadside infrastructure. This will provide Ford vehicles equipped with C-V2X with more comprehensive safety measures even before C-V2X is widely utilized.

This project will be the latest in a series of tests Ford has conducted in China to assess the performance of C-V2X technology operating in vehicles, with the goal of seeing it adopted.

-Source: https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2019/3/ford-accelerates-connectivity-strategy-in-china–targets-product.html

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