Babylonian confusion in the V2X space?

October 31, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Babylonian confusion in the V2X space?
With the new Golf VIII from Volkswagen, which was presented recently, for the first time a high-volume vehicle is entering the mass market that can communicate with other vehicles via V2X. The market for automated communication between vehicles is thus gaining considerable momentum. However, Volkswagen's communication technology is not compatible with that of other manufacturers. Is there a threat of Babylonian language confusion on the road?

For automated communication between cars or between vehicles and the intelligent infrastructure, Volkswagen relies on a technology called WLANp. This is based on the well-known IEEE 802.11p radio standard, which was developed specifically for V2X applications. It is regarded as technically mature, safe and fast. With it, vehicles can use automated radio telegrams to indicate over distances of up to several hundred meters to indicate potential hazards such as slippery road conditions or obstacles blocking the traffic.

The only problem is that Volkswagen now seems to be the only OEM to use this radio technology. The Golf VIII can only exchange data with its peers, at least until the electric Golf counterpart ID.3, also from Volkswagen, comes onto the market. The latter will also use WLANp radio technology, as a Volkswagen press spokesman told eeNews. Other companies from the Volkswagen Group such as Audi, Seat or Skoda will probably also adopt this technology, but otherwise: no chance.


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