The tests are intended to demonstrate how C-V2X technology can improve vehicle safety, make automated driving easier and increase traffic efficiency. The tests will also demonstrate to car manufacturers and road operators the benefits of mobile radio technology in vehicles as well as synergies between the use of mobile radio base stations and roadside infrastructure. The first test phase is scheduled to start this year. Participating companies include AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm as well as engineering services provider McCain.
C-V2X was defined in 2017 as an extension of the global mobile communications standards as part of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The standard is in some way in competition with the DSCR, which was originally designed as a standard technology for V2X applications and is based on a modified version of the 802.11 WiFi standard. C-V2X opens up further application options for automated communication among vehicles and between vehicles and the roadside infrastructure.