Multistandard platforms combine V2X, 5G functionalities

January 06, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Multistandard platforms combine V2X, 5G functionalities
After last year's dispute over the "right" radio standard for V2X communication split the industry, the industry is now increasingly betting on multistandard solutions. At the CES computer trade show in Las Vegas, Tier 1 supplier Continental presented a platform that enables communication via the mobile network as well as fast and reliable direct data exchange. Just recently, competitor Bosch showed a similar platform.

Networked vehicles offer drivers access to modern infotainment content. In addition, they provide the basis for real-time traffic reports, information on danger spots, and future driver assistance functions by communicating directly with other vehicles or the infrastructure. In this way, they ensure greater driving safety and efficiency. Continental's Hybrid V2X solution integrates not only 4G and 5G network access technologies, but also Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) and Cellular V2X technology for direct Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication. This enables vehicle manufacturers to meet the challenges of global deployment of V2X.

In contrast to communication via the mobile network, the technical path to setting up direct V2X communication differs from country to country. Some regions prefer the already available DSRC technology, while others tend towards the new Cellular V2X standard, which is still under development. Continental's new hybrid V2X solution brings both communication standards on one hardware and software platform. This not only lowers costs, but also reduces the complexity of the worldwide application of V2X communication.

Continental, in its own words, has already been awarded the contract for its platform by a major automotive OEM in China. As usual, the company did not name the customer. "The award of a first 5G project based on our Hybrid V2X platform is great news not only for us, but for the industry as a whole. The fact that 5G appears so early on the development roadmap clearly shows that the automotive industry has its finger on the pulse of digitization," says Johann Hiebl, head of the Body & Security and Infotainment & Connectivity business units at Continental.

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