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PSA Takes V2X Capable Cars on the Street in China

French group PSA, the company behind one of the first major public implementations of the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technologies, is allowing ordinary people to take test rides in its cars at the 2018 World IoT Expo in Wuxi, China.
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Taking advantage of the event, PSA is showcasing the tech because the Chinese city is the place where by 2020 such vehicles are supposed to be a common sight.

As per an agreement reached with local regulators, PSA is currently putting the V2X communication through its paces in a test area that covers 226 road intersections on a 170 square km area.

In this testing zone, PSA deployed over 600 communication base stations that will have to take into account more than 100,000 users and 13 typical scenarios.

Ultimately, the goal is to have cars take data from all over their environment. V2X is designed to allow cars to alert each other of their presence, talk with traffic signs and even with the handheld devices on pedestrians.

The demos currently being organized in China are being conducted together with communication giants Huawei and Qualcomm. For the task at hand, PSA uses a DS 7 Crossback equipped with Huawei’s solution based on C-V2X, and a Peugeot 4008 and a Citroen C5 Aircross powered by Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.

In July, PSA presented a similar technology in Paris, accompanied by Ford and BMW. Together, the three tried to demonstrate how V2X could significantly increase road safety and traffic efficiency.

During the test, two-wheel e-scooters from BMW and passenger vehicles provided by Ford, PSA, and BMW managed to talk and alert each other on collision avoidance, signaling and road sign violations.

To develop V2X,  Audi, BMW, and Daimler created together with Ericsson, Huawei and Qualcomm the 5G Automotive Association, 5GAA, a group that consistently grew ever since. 5G is essential for this technology to function properly, that’s why the need to get communications companies involved.
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