|Headquarters of Hyundai Motor Group in Seoul, South Korea. / Photo by: Chu via Wikimedia Commons|
Vehicle-to-everything communications are a technology designed for allowing data exchanges between one vehicle and another entity or its surroundings. South Korean automaker Hyundai has made a partnership with Israeli company Autotalks to develop future V2X technologies.
Vehicles equipped with V2X can communicate with several types of devices connected in a wireless network like Wi-Fi. Connected devices include infrastructures, roadways, traffic lights, and other vehicles. According to Hyundai, the partnership will help the company to develop their self-driving technology. They plan to produce a self-driving car model with Level 4 driving automation in 2021.
“Connectivity is one of the core technologies that can be applied to smart city business models, as well as autonomous driving and infotainment,” stated Yunseong Hwang, director of open innovation business group at Hyundai Motor Company.
While Autotalks did not reveal the plans of V2X included in the partnership, the company is capable of providing Dedicated Short Range Communications-based vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication for autonomous driving. Here are some aspects of the V2X capabilities at Autotalks:
- Capable of getting accurate vehicle information via DSRC including speed, heading, and brake pedal.
- Ability to sense objects that are obstructed or cannot be directly seen through the line-of-sight. This allows the AV to “see” concealed objects and perform safety calculations.
- Compatible with several environmental conditions, such as thick fog, sun glare, and heavy rain. The sensors are designed to withstand severe lighting or weather conditions.
- Efficient in determining traffic time and state. The DSRC allows the vehicle to communicate with traffic lights wirelessly to optimize their arrival or adjust according to the signal cycle.
Hyundai may also expand its partnerships to adapt in the growing market of autonomous driving and emerging technologies associated with smart cities.