The ‘Communicating Cars’ test drive initiated by Hamburg-based NXP Semiconductors will lead a convoy of Honda smart vehicles drive from Munich passed Vienna to Rotterdam and Helmond on 1300 km of roads along the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Corridor in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Fitted with leading and secure NXP communications technology, the demo cars will showcase the benefits of smarter traffic control including improved road safety and reduced pollution.
Intelligent Traffic Reduces Fatalities and Smoothens Traffic Flow
Transport ministers from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands announced in 2013 that they would be creating such a cross-border corridor and open its for public use in 2015. The initiative will see roads across the three countries fitted with smart traffic lights and other intelligent road signs that are able to interact with connected vehicles and alert drivers to upcoming traffic jams and road hazards before they enter the field of vision. The result will not only be a dramatic reduction in road fatalities, but also reduce the environmental damage and economic loss caused by traffic jams, estimated at approximately 7.4 billion euro in 2013 alone across Europe.
The Language of Cars: V2V
Direct communication with V2X-capable vehicles and intelligent infrastructure gives drivers advanced warning of such upcoming hazards as dangerous road conditions, unexpected traffic jams, approaching ambulances, or road works all long before they enter their field of vision. These V2X features ideally complement existing driver assistance systems such as cameras or radar. V2X-capable vehicles also receive information from intelligent road signs and automatically recognise the operating cycle of traffic lights. V2X communication is not reliant on cellular service providers or other mobile networks, but uses IEEE 802.11p, a communication standard related to Wi-Fi and custom-tailored to the needs of the automotive industry. This direct communication between road users and infrastructure ensures the instant and secure transmission of traffic and vehicle data.
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