Babylonian confusion in the V2X space?: Page 3 of 5

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?

Competitor BMW has also has models with V2X technology in series production since 2016. However, the OEM from Bavaria prefers the designation V2N (Vehicle to Network). This indicates that, just like Mercedes, it is primarily a connection to the backend with subsequent distribution of relevant messages to all vehicles operating in the respective Area.

However, at least BMW's roadmap envisages further expanding the V2X capabilities of its vehicles and relying on the C-V2X standard. Direct communication between vehicles is to take place via PC5 Sidelink, a feature intended for C-V2X versions. BMW's roadmap is essentially determined by the regulatory framework, the car manufacturer says. "In line with the clear technological orientation and requirements in China, we are aiming for the first deployment of C-V2X there. For the USA, we expect C-V2X to be approved for the required 5.9 GHz spectrum before the end of 2019. The situation in Europe is unclear following the decision against the Delegated Act (which would in fact have prescribed WLAN-11p)," a BMW spokesperson explained on request.

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