Panasonic, Qualcomm and Ford, three industry leaders in their respective fields, have partnered up to develop and deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies within Colorado – a first for the US.
The collaboration is an extension of a previous partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Panasonic that aims to integrate connected vehicle technologies across the state.
“We’re ready to help advance vehicle safety and serve as a hub for advanced vehicle testing, and development, with the support of Ford and technology leaders like Qualcomm Technologies and Panasonic,” said Michael Lewis, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation.
Having signed onto the initiative, the three companies will now begin to assess C-V2X capabilities in Denver, followed by the I-70 Mountain Corridor later this year.
The C-V2X technologies will allow low latency vehicle communications with other vehicles, roadside infrastructure and pedestrians, whilst complimenting other onboard assistance systems such as LIDAR, cameras and radar, often seen in emerging autonomous technologies.
“We look forward to working alongside Ford, Qualcomm Technologies and the state of Colorado to accelerate industry deployment for the technology in Colorado and beyond,” said Jarrett Wendt, Executive Vice President, Panasonic North America.
It is hoped that the developments and progress made will become crucial in the way of smart city development, easing and better facilitating the integration of advanced vehicle technologies.
“C-V2X is core to Ford’s vision for the future of transportation and we believe strongly in its potential when integrated with Denver’s smart city initiatives,” said Don Butler, Executive Director of Connected Vehicle Platform & Product, Ford Motor Company.
Industry deployments of the C-V2X technologies is forecast as early as 2020.