Savari’s new office in Munich is lead by Jens Karhweg, an industry veteran with many years of experience in automotive electronics, predominantly at chip makers like Atmel, Infineon and NXP. With the move, Savari plans to meet the rising demand for V2X and SmartCity initiatives in Europe as well as to tighten the relationship with the company’s customers in the automotive value chain.
Savari’s main product is a V2X software stack that can be integrated into communication control units. Therefore, the company’s customers are not the big OEMs but the tier ones. “Being a tier two supplier, we address the needs of tier ones and infrastructure companies”, explained Kahrweg. For these customers, Savari also sells complete V2X control units that include software and hardware. The software meets the requirements of the relevant European standards, Kahrweg assured.
Within the CAMP and Volpe initiatives of the US Departmernt of Transportation, Savari already made comprehensive tests with European carmakers like VW, BMW, Daimler and Fiat Chrysler. The software vendor now plans to further develop the standard to enable more security and safety. Towards this end, Savari has joined the Car 2 Car Consortium (C2C-CC).
The V2X (or Car2X) technology currently is at the crossroads between two approaches: Originally developed for the IEEE802.11p standard, a sub-standard of the widespread WiFi technology, an increasing number of carmakers prefer a variant that is based on mobile radio standards such as LTE, and in the future 5G. “We see that there currently is a competition between the two approaches”, acknowledged Kahrweg. To be ready for both alternatives, Savari offers its software stack in two flavors - for 802.11p and for mobile radio. “We believe the WiFi technology is currently somewhat more mature”, Karweg said. “But the arrival of 5G could change the game”. It however remains to bee seen which way the market will develop.