NXP Semiconductors has announced a significant breakthrough for automotive drivers around the world. For the first time, V2X chipsets will be put into high-volume manufacturing. NXP will supply Delphi Automotive PLC with its RoadLINK chipset for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication. The wireless technology significantly improves road safety by alerting drivers of critical traffic information. Having secured a partnership with a leading global automaker, Delphi’s platform will be first to market and is expected to be on the roads in as little as two years.
Using NXP’s technology combined with application software from Cohda Wireless, Delphi’s platform allows alerts to be delivered to vehicles from other cars and surrounding infrastructure, such as traffic lights and signage to alert drivers about potentially hazardous traffic situations even beyond the line of sight, optimally complementing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) like radar.
Messages could include blind-intersection collision, road condition hazards, road works, presence of emergency vehicles, stationary or slow moving vehicles, traffic jam, and accident warnings, as well as traffic signals or signage indicators.
The solution avoids cellular or other networks that can be slow or unreliable, instead operating on IEEE 802.11p, a wireless communication standard designed for the needs of the automotive industry, and directly connects surrounding infrastructure and vehicles to each other to achieve immediate transmission and ensure reliable road safety communications. The V2X communication is protected against illegal attacks or data theft by NXP’s V2X hardware security module.
“The ability to detect and warn drivers of danger ahead is a significant leap toward improving car safety and traffic management,” said Jeff Owens, chief technology officer, Delphi Automotive.
Torsten Lehmann, senior vice president and general manager at NXP Semiconductors, explains: “The fact that Delphi, a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive and commercial vehicle market segments, has selected NXP as semiconductor supplier for its V2X communication technology makes us very proud. It underpins our strong commitment to make this life-saving technology a reality and proves our technology leadership in semiconductors for the secure connected car. It is also yet another milestone in our long-lasting close collaboration with Delphi.”