Ducati has been working tirelessly to develop new safety systems for motorcycles. It was back in July 2018 when we first reported about Ducati’s C-V2X safety system. The whole operation is still under development but progress has been made. At the CES 2019, Ducati demonstrated the use of ConVeX (Connected Vehicle to Everything) project together with Audi and Ford.
Apart from Ducati, Audi AG (NASDAQ: AUDVF), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), are also involved in the development of the C-V2X direct communication technology for roadside safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, a Ducati Multistrada 1260, as well as Audi and Ford vehicles, demonstrated driving situations utilizing C-V2X direct communications. All vehicles were equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset to demonstrate a cooperative intersection use case, exhibiting how C-V2X can be used between vehicles to negotiate the right of way in entering a four-way, non-signalized intersection where intention sharing and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions make the use of a wireless sensor such as C-V2X ideal.
The companies also exhibited additional Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) safety scenarios, demonstrating the maturity and potential of C-V2X technology. The V2V use case featured the Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenario, which is a key countermeasure to address angle collisions at intersections, while the V2P scenario exhibited how C-V2X can be used to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The V2I use case featured the Work Zone Warning scenario, which is designed to provide drivers advanced warning of road construction ahead allowing them to maneuver in a safe manner.
Speaking about the demonstration, Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding, said, “This demonstration is showing use cases in which advanced technologies can significantly improve the safety of motorcycle users. C-V2X communication is one of the key projects of the Ducati 2025 safety road map. There’s no better place than CES to talk about our roadmap towards the future.”
Anupam Malhotra, Director, Connected Vehicles & Data at Audi of America, Inc. shared his views, “Audi has demonstrated a novel C-V2X use case together with Ford, Ducati, and Qualcomm Technologies. The four-way stop use case provides a glimpse of how cooperative driving will be possible with C-V2X in the future. Besides additional safety, C-V2X is designed to also improve comfort and efficiency, which can be applied to both current and future autonomous driving. Audi has demonstrated commercial viability of cellular-based V2X services through the Audi Traffic Light Information service and plays a leading role within the 5GAA to develop this technology further.”
C-V2X direct communications support an ever-expanding set of safety use cases, as well as enhanced situational awareness by detecting and directly exchanging vital information. It is designed with a focus on security, benefitting from established security transport layers and application protocols defined by the automotive standards communities, including ISO, ETSI and IEEE 1609. Because C-V2X can be easily integrated into all wireless modems to offer direct and network communications, its implementation is cost-effective, which is especially important as the automotive industry continues to move towards adding wireless connectivity in all vehicles.
Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product said, “Imagine a person suddenly steps into the street from out of view and your vehicle stops because it was alerted by that person’s smartphone. This is just one example of how C-V2X can connect smart vehicles to a smart world. We invite other automakers, governments, and tech companies to join the significant momentum building for a C-V2X ecosystem.”
“As part of Qualcomm Technologies’ ongoing work with Ford, Audi, and Ducati, we are excited to continue strengthening our mutual efforts towards accelerating C-V2X’s commercial deployment. This new chapter in our longstanding relationships outlines our collective goal to realize the full potential of C-V2X as a global solution for next-generation vehicle connectivity, safety, and autonomy,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “We look forward to showcasing the latest results of this relationship as several Ford, Audi and Ducati vehicles demonstrate C-V2X interoperability in real-world driving situations”.