Cohda Wireless announces its first V2X OEM deployment for 2017

Cohda Wireless CEO Paul GrayCohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray

Global Connected Vehicle technology leader Cohda Wireless today announces that the new 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan contains Cohda’s world-leading V2X software as a standard feature. V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) uses both vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to enable cooperation between vehicles and infrastructure to improve safety, mobility, and have a positive environmental impact.

Cohda Wireless will  supply its Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) solutions for the 2017 Cadillac CTS, sold in the US and Canada. DSRC is a two-way, short to medium range wireless technology defined by the 802.11p communications standard. Unlike cameras, radars or lidar sensors, DSRC isn’t bound by line of sight, offering car manufacturers a much safer and more reliable communication solution.

The Cadillac CTS uses the Cohda-based DSRC solution and GPS to transmit and receive as many as 1000 messages per second from other vehicles as far as 300 metres (1000 feet) away.

This pioneering project sees the 2017 Cadillac CTS roll off the production line with Cohda Wireless V2X software installed as a standard feature. This provides the car with ‘360-degree awareness’ by gathering and synthesising data from sensors on nearby vehicles and roadside infrastructure to detect hidden threats by extending the horizon of awareness beyond what the driver can see. Cohda Wireless has supplied the complete software stack for the 2017 Cadillac CTS, comprising 10 DSRC V2X applications including Intersection Collision Warning, Hazardous Location Warning and Emergency Vehicle Warning.

Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray said General Motors had achieved a world first with the 2017 Cadillac CTS. “This is now the benchmark that other production cars will be judged against when it comes to technology and safety,” he said.

“Our DSRC technology allows the driver to know what’s going on with other vehicles that may be speeding, braking hard, broken down or navigating slippery road conditions. By providing advance notice of the hazard, the driver has time to avoid it by changing lanes or slowing down.

The Connected Vehicle capabilities of the 2017 Cadillac CTS are already generating extensive industry interest for its ability to communicate with other vehicles and their drivers about driving conditions. Reports have appeared in AutoWeek, Fortune and the New York Times.

V2X (incorporating Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) communications is widely regarded by automotive and urban planners as a necessary technology for safer, less congested roadways and an essential stage for the eventual deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Cohda Wireless CTO Paul Alexander said General Motors had taken a leadership position in producing safer cars. “The technology in the 2017 Cadillac CTS is at the cutting edge and we are proud to be part of this industry-leading deployment,” he said.

US Department of Transportation (USDOT) research predicts just two V2X applications, Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) and Left Turn Assist (LTA) could reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities an average of 50 per cent. Combined with other V2X applications USDOT predicts they could eliminate or reduce the severity of up to 80 per cent of non-impaired crashes.

North American consumers are likely to see many more V2X features in production vehicles in the near future. With the release of its 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), USDOT has set the automotive industry a goal to make more projects like the 2017 Cadillac CTS a reality. The NPRM aims to make roads safer by setting out a path to V2X adoption in production vehicles.

For media assistance, call Paul Campese at Cohda Wireless on +61 8 7099 5509 or email paul.campese@cohdawireless.com.

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Cohda Wireless (“Cohda”) is the leading supplier of software for the Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) market.  Cohda provides innovative software solutions that enable autonomous vehicles to connect with other vehicles and with Smart City infrastructure.  These connections span Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (collectively called V2X), and allow CAVs to ‘talk’ to each other, Smart Cities, and vulnerable road users in order to avoid accidents, reduce congestion and be more efficient .  Cohda partners with Tier 1 Automotive Suppliers, ITS Equipment Vendors, and Mining Equipment Technology and Services (METS) vendors to provide complete hardware/software solutions to Car Makers, Smart Cities, and Mine Operators, respectively. Cohda’s products are used widely in locations including the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, Africa, Middle East, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea.

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