Qualcomm today launched its first Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) 9150 chipset that supports automotive road safety and is aimed at the future autonomous driving solutions. The V2X solution is based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications for PC5-based direct communications, the Qualcomm C-V2X Reference Design, which will feature the 9150 chipset with integrated GNSS capability. The solution also includes an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack and a Hardware Security Module (HSM).
“Today’s introduction of the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset builds on our leadership in automotive technologies, demonstrating our continued commitment to design and offer advanced solutions for safe, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.
Leading automobile companies including the Ford Motor Company, Audi, Groupe and SAIC have lauded the product and hoped the chipset solution will take the future autonomous driving projects to new heights.
“Qualcomm Technologies’ anticipated 9150 C-V2X chipset serves as a major milestone in paving the road for 5G and safer autonomous driving,” said Dr. Thomas Müller, head of electrics/electronics, Audi. “As C-V2X continues to serve as an essential ingredient for enhanced safety for next-generation vehicles, Qualcomm Technologies’ 9150 C-V2X chipset will certainly help accelerate the adoption and deployment of C-V2X technologies.”
The C-V2X solution comprises of two transmission modes of direct communications and network-based communications, which are designed to serve as key features for safety conscious and autonomous driving solutions.
The solution is also complemented by Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle’s surroundings, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.
“Ford is committed to V2X communications and sees it as a critical technology to improve vehicle safety and efficiency,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle and services, Ford Motor Company.
C-V2X direct communications is designed to support active safety and helps enhance situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using low latency transmission in the globally harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS band for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) scenarios without the need for a SIM, cellular subscription or network assistance.
As C-V2X continues to gain momentum, the automotive industry and broad ecosystem for the technology continues to grow and work together. Auto manufacturers continue to express their global support and commitment in helping drive the commercialization of the technology for enhanced safety, advanced services and new applications in next-generation vehicles.