Hyundai Motor Group Introduces Smartphone Based EV Performance Control Technology

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of a smartphone application that can be used to adjust seven performance features of electric vehicles including the maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities.

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customize primary functions through a smartphone application. Drivers can use this technology to adjust seven performance features including the maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control.

As electric vehicles continually expand their market share, especially in rental or car-sharing industries, the new technology will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server. The application provides optimized settings for a designated destination by analyzing the remaining distance and electric energy requirement. It can also accommodate sportier driving by recommending tailored performance settings.

Beyond the driver’s seat, users can share their customization settings online as well as try out other users’ custom settings. Customers can also apply recommended settings by Hyundai based on the condition of roads, from country roads to the city center or mountain ranges.

Hyundai Motor Group will utilize blockchain technology to prevent security issues while users upload and share their custom settings on the server. In the process of uploading and sharing custom settings, the system encrypts major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and stores them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorized manipulation.

source: https://www.hyundaimotorgroup.com/MediaCenter/News/Press-Releases/hmc-smartphone-ev-190422.hub#.XMAco-j7SUk

5GAA C-V2X testing event in Europe successfully demonstrates multi-vendor interoperability

5GAA announced today that multiple technology providers of Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) have successfully demonstrated multi-vendor interoperability based on both the ETSI and IEEE/SAE standards and utilizing commercial C-V2X chipset products from Harman, Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies.

5GAA announced today that multiple technology providers of Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) have achieved successful results showing multi-vendor interoperability. Companies from across the global 5GAA community came together in Klettwitz, Germany, last week to conduct multi-vendor C-V2X interoperability tests at the automotive proving ground of host and 5GAA member DEKRA, a global leader in automotive safety testing.

The event demonstrated a high-level of interoperability across all participating companies with 96% of the 249 C-ITS safety test-cases successfully communicated based on both the ETSI ITS specifications and IEEE/SAE ITS standards for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) use cases. The event showcased multi-vendor interoperability testing by utilizing commercial C-V2X chipset products from Harman, Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies.

Samsung’s (Harman) leadership within 5GAA as rapporteur was vital in bringing together many of the foremost automotive C-V2X companies and their commercial C-V2X solutions and test equipment from across the globe including Cohda Wireless, Commsignia, Huawei, Qualcomm Technologies, Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, Savari, WNC and Vodafone Automotive. Ford, LG Electronics, Neusoft and Sumitomo Electric also attended the event.

Source: http://5gaa.org/news/5gaa-c-v2x-testing-event-in-europe-successfully-demonstrates-exceptional-level-of-interoperability/

Georgia Department of Transportation Awarded $2.5 million Federal Grant for Connected Vehicle Technology

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for connected vehicle technologies by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FHWA. GDOT will use the funds on roadside infrastructure to support the operation of CV technologies at 1,700 additional traffic signals and ramp meter locations.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been awarded a $2.5 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant for connected vehicle (CV) technologies by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

GDOT will use the funds on roadside infrastructure to support the operation of CV technologies at 1,700 additional traffic signals and ramp meter locations in the metro Atlanta area. This project will outfit all interstate ramps and signalized intersections on major roads in the region with proper V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) technologies to communicate with private, fleet and transit vehicles. GDOT also plans to develop an information-sharing portal where traffic management partners and private sector collaborators such as app developers, automobile manufacturers and other partners can access and utilize real-time data to improve the effectiveness of their products and services.

FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of cutting-edge technologies that can serve as national models to improve travel for commuters and businesses. The ATCMTD program was established under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Ac t. State departments of transportation, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and other eligible entities were invited to apply under the program.

Source: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1906_georgia.cfm

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

European Commission has adopted the “Delegated Act” for the deployment of C-ITS

European Commission has adopted the “Delegated Act” for the deployment of C-ITS. Its purpose is to create the minimal legal requirements for interoperability for C-ITS and to enable large-scale deployment of C-ITS systems and services from 2019. The focus of this Delegated Regulation is on ‘day 1’ services, i.e. C-ITS services to be deployed in the short term that will contribute particularly to road safety and traffic efficiency.

European Commission has adopted the “Delegated Act” for the deployment of C-ITS. The purpose of this Delegated Regulation supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council is to create the minimal legal requirements for interoperability for C-ITS and to enable large-scale deployment of C-ITS systems and services from 2019. Directive 2010/40/EU (the ITS Directive) represents a policy and legal framework to accelerate the deployment of innovative transport solutions across Europe. The Directive focuses on intelligent transport systems for road and its interface with other modes of transport and empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts in four priority areas. The definition of specifications for C-ITS is part of priority area IV of the Directive. The focus of this Delegated Regulation is on ‘day 1’ services, i.e. C-ITS services to be deployed in the short term that will contribute particularly to road safety and traffic efficiency. Specifications and standards for interoperable priority ‘day 1’ services, and a common security solution are now available as a result of cooperation between a broad group of industry stakeholders and Member States’ authorities.

Click here for more information on the Delegated Act and to view the official document.

 

-Source: https://erticonetwork.com/european-commission-has-adopted-the-delegated-act-for-the-deployment-of-c-its/

Audi expands Traffic Light Information with speed recommendations to minimize stops

Audi of America announced today an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) to provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights. Future iterations of V2I technology could include integration with the vehicle’s start/stop function, optimized navigation routing, and other predictive services.

Audi of America announced today an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA). GLOSA can provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers of select 2017 and newer models that can assist drivers in catching the “green wave,” helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights.

GLOSA uses traffic signal information and the current position of a vehicle to display a speed recommendation intended to allow drivers to pass traffic lights during a green interval, in order to help reduce the number of stops at red lights. The distance to stop, the speed limit profile for the area, and the signal timing plans, are all used to calculate the speed recommendation displayed to the driver.

In 2016, Audi, in collaboration with Traffic Technology Services (TTS), launched Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect PRIME feature that enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in certain cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S. Today, more than 4,700 intersections support both the “time-to-green” and GLOSA functionalities. Enabled metro areas include: Dallas, Denver, Gainesville, Fla.; Houston, Kansas City, Kansas; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix, Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia.

Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect PRIME feature available on select 2017, 2018 and newer models, enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in certain cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S. When one of these select Audi models approaches a connected traffic light, it receives real-time signal information from the traffic management system that monitors traffic lights via the on-board 4G LTE data connection. When the light is red, the TLI feature will display the time remaining until the signal changes to green in the instrument cluster in front of the driver or in the head-up display (if equipped). This “time-to-green” information helps reduce stress by letting the driver know approximately how much time remains before the light changes.

Future iterations of V2I technology could include integration with the vehicle’s start/stop function, optimized navigation routing, and other predictive services. All of these services are designed to help reduce congestion and enhance mobility on crowded roadways.

-Source: https://media.audiusa.com/en-us/releases/301

Telefónica and Seat show 5G connected car use cases for safer driving in a city environment

Telefónica and SEAT show connected car and 5G assisted driving use cases in a real environment with C-V2X that enables the cars to exchange information with the main objective of increasing road safety. The project is framed within the 5G Barcelona initiative, aimed at consolidating the city of Barcelona as the reference 5G hub in Europe.

The streets of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat will be the scenario of the connected car and 5G assisted driving use cases in a real environment thanks to the joint work of Telefónica, SEAT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Ficosa, ETRA e i2CAT, and with the collaboration of CTTC and UPC. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. -a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated-, also participated, by equipping both vehicles and their surrounding elements with technology that enables them to exchange information with the main objective of increasing road safety. The project is framed within the 5G Barcelona initiative, aimed at consolidating the city of Barcelona as the reference 5G hub in Europe.

One technology bringing these use cases to life is C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything). C-V2X technology offers assisted driving by allowing the vehicle to communicate with all the elements around it (cars, traffic lights, traffic signals, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles…). In addition, for the cars to be able to “talk” to the city, latency needs to be minimal and, therefore, it is necessary to deploy 5G capabilities into the current network, specifically the Edge Computing server, a large distributed brain, hosting content and applications very close to where the user is consuming them.

SEAT contributed with two vehicles, Ateca and Arona models, equipped with the latest technology in connectivity and instrument panels that issue warnings to the driver. Telefónica provides the end-to-end connectivity and, as a novelty, is opening-up its network so third parties can deploy applications at the edge of the network, such as traffic management for this use case. Ficosa has developed and produced the in-car C-V2X communications platform that allows the transmission of information from the car to any entity that might impact the vehicle, and vice versa; i2CAT, in charge of the development of the ultra-precise location solution for bicycles; ETRA, supplier of the road infrastructure that provided connectivity with the traffic light system, and Mobile World Capital Barcelona, representing 5G Barcelona, the global supervisor of the project, also offering management support.Ericsson has provided 5G technology and Qualcomm Technologies the 5G connectivity platform both for the network communication and for the direct communication.

Specifically, all three assisted driving use cases that will be presented in Barcelona at the surrounding area of the Fira, where Mobile World Congres is taking place are;

  • Detection of a pedestrian at a zebra crossing: the traffic lights will detect the presence of pedestrians at zebra crossings through a thermal camera and, via Edge Computing, will notify the cars, which will display a notice on the control panel, if necessary.
  • Detection of cyclists when turning right: a connected bicycle equipped with a precise geolocation solution via Edge Computing communicates with cars the around it and report their location. In the event of a possible collision, cars will display a warning in the control panel. Bicycles can be located thanks to the ultra-wideband beacons placed along the road.
  • Detection of a non-moving car on the road with low visibility: the non-moving car in an area of the road with low visibility activates emergency lights and automatically notifies other approaching vehicles with a message in the control panel. This communication is done through a direct communication interface.

With these use cases, Telefónica helps cars, infrastructure of the roads, bicycles, in summary, all urban elements become new sensors in the city. In addition, implementing Ficosa’s C-V2X technology in cars provides the driver with a “sixth sense” to allow them to make decisions in advance and room to manoeuvre, all aimed at making our cities safer and more efficient.

In addition to these safety use cases, this is also the world’s first use case of 5G in-car entertainment including the download of 4K contents through 5G. In this case, the car is equipped with the new Qualcomm 5G chipset, which, together with the video storage at the Edge, allows the streaming of 4K contents.

-Source: https://www.telefonica.com/en/web/press-office/-/telefonica-and-seat-show-5g-connected-car-use-cases-for-safer-driving-in-a-city-environment

Ford commits to deploy C-V2X technology on all new vehicles in the US beginning in 2022

Ford has announced their commitment to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology — or C-V2X — in all their new vehicle models in the United States beginning in 2022. C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360™, their suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, including F-150, going forward.

Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product, has announced their commitment to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology — or C-V2X — in all their new vehicle models in the United States beginning in 2022.

Their move to deploy this technology builds on their prior commitment to equip every model we release in the United States with conventional cellular connectivity by the end of 2019. C-V2X will work with Ford Co-Pilot360™, their suite of driver-assist and safety features standard across North America on new passenger cars, SUVs and trucks, including F-150, going forward.

They claim C-V2X will enable vehicles to receive updates about potential traffic developments and risks that are beyond the range of what sensors can pick up, provide warnings or could even be tuned to activate Ford Co-Pilot360’s automatic emergency braking system to brake for drivers if they do not respond.

According to Butler, a conducive regulatory environment must be in place for C-V2X to be deployed, which is why they are working just as much with industry and government organizations to create such a technology-neutral environment. They claim this technology will only live up to its full potential if many vehicles on the road as well as roadside infrastructure take advantage of it. Ford is inviting other automakers, infrastructure and road operators, as well as government agencies to work with them to accelerate momentum for C-V2X.

 

Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2019/01/07/talking-and-listening-vehicles.html

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Request for Comment (RFC) on Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Communications

The U.S. DOT is seeking public comment on current and future communications technologies that could be associated with the connected vehicle environment. In particular, U.S. DOT solicits comment on issues ranging from the use of alternative and emerging communications technologies to support V2X, to the challenges associated with achieving interoperability while accommodating technological change.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that it is seeking public comment on the use and integration of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications technologies into the transportation environment, which have the potential to improve motor vehicle safety and efficiency as well as support cooperative vehicle automation concepts. DOT intends to maintain the priority use of 5.9Ghz spectrum for transportation safety communications, as it has made clear in past statements and in its recent automated vehicle guidance, Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0.

Over the past several years, DOT and its operating administrations have engaged in numerous activities related to connected vehicles, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications, collectively referred to as “V2X” communications. The automotive industry and municipalities are already deploying V2X technology and actively utilizing all seven channels of the 5.9 GHz band. There are more than 70 active deployments of V2X communications with thousands of vehicles already on the road. During this time, there have also been developments in core aspects of communications technologies that could further support V2X in addition to Dedicated Short-Range Communications, including Cellular-V2X (C-V2X), the development of potential “5G” communications or other future transportation safety technologies.

This notice requests comment on current and future communications technologies that could be associated with the connected vehicle environment, and how these developments affect both V2X deployment and DOT’s role in encouraging the integration of V2X into the transportation environment. In particular, with this Request for Comment, DOT solicits comment on issues ranging from the use of alternative and emerging communications technologies to support V2X, to the challenges associated with achieving interoperability while accommodating technological change.

Comments must be received within 30 days of the date the notice is published. The RFC can be found at www.transportation.gov/v2x and www.regulations.gov.

 

Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us-department-transportation-releases-request-comment-rfc-vehicle-everything-v2x

Leading Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies successfully carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan

Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies have successfully conducted what they claim is Japan’s first C-V2X testing at 5.8 GHz. The tests focused on sending messages directly via C-V2X (PC5) under varying conditions, including vehicles driving at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and with a truck or even buildings blocking the communications both direct and network-based communications.

Continental has announced the completion of a joint Cellular V2X trial in Japan together with Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies. The companies have successfully conducted what they claim is Japan’s first C-V2X testing in the country using 5.8 GHz as the experimental radio frequency for direct communication. The use cases were designed to address various aspects of V2X communication, such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrians (V2P) direct communications, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) operations. With a combination of direct and network-based communications between vehicles, infrastructure, and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, the test results showed that C-V2X can exploit the full potential of connected and intelligent mobility. In addition, the tests also indicated the technology’s strengths for reliability and latency, which assists in enabling the communication of mission critical messages quickly and efficiently. Direct communication provides vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) and other vulnerable road users connectivity even in the most remote areas where no mobile coverage is available. Under mobile coverage, C-V2X is designed to also enable a vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication link to deliver cloud-based exchanges of information over a longer range, including information on upcoming road conditions or traffic situations

In their field trials, the companies focused on sending messages directly via cellular V2X technology (PC5). The use cases were tested under varying conditions to evaluate the C-V2X basic communications performance. With test vehicles passing each other at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and with a truck or even buildings blocking the communications both direct and network-based communications were tested.

The companies observed a mean latency of 20 milliseconds for direct communication and a nearly error-free communication even at longer distances such as 1.2 kilometers with unobstructed line-of-sight condition as measured by the C-V2X test system. With these results, the companies demonstrated the performance capabilities of C-V2X. The direct communication technology used in the tests was based on the 3GPP Release 14 specifications.

The companies also demonstrated a wide area V2N communication with end to end average communication latency of 50 milliseconds in NTT DOCOMO’s commercial network in the connected mode state.

The trials took place in multiple test tracks in Japan, where the performance of C-V2X was tested using five scenarios – Do Not Pass Warning, Electronic Emergency Brake Lights, Hazardous Location Warning, Intersection Movement Assist and Vulnerable Road User Warning. These were chosen, to ensure that basic aspects of the communication technology were considered. Thus, the tests did not only focus on V2V communication but also on V2I, V2P and V2N communication under different traffic situations and driving speeds.

For the trial, Continental used the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X Reference Design, which features the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability to build connected car systems and to integrate the systems into Nissan test vehicles. Working with Qualcomm Technologies, Nissan made a test driving plan for C-V2X to be used during the trials at the proving grounds. Bringing in their expertise in roadside unit (RSU) infrastructure and applications, OKI demonstrated V2I as a viable technology for advanced traffic applications by integrating the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset into their RSU. Ericsson, as one of the leading companies in the technology and service for telecommunication, assisted in testing the V2N use case scenario, combining direct communication and LTE-A network technologies. NTT DOCOMO provided a LTE-A network and V2N applications to demonstrate the benefits of the complementary use of network-based communications for a variety of advanced automotive informational use cases.

Following the positive test results Continental will continue to further develop and investigate the C-V2X technology, globally as well as in Japan to enable an early global deployment. C-V2X will most likely be implemented initially on the 4.5 G (or LTE Advanced Pro) and further on 5G mobile communication standards from 2022 onwards.

 

Source: https://www.continental-corporation.com/en/press/press-releases/2018-12-13-japan-155774