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Qualcomm Tests Connected Car Tech in San Diego

The vehicle is at one with the road — at least that is the vision behind technology being developed at Qualcomm Inc.

Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) announced July 21 that it and several government partners have launched what they call their C-V2X program. The aim is to research and demonstrate technology that can increase vehicle safety and traffic efficiency. Using wireless data communications and Qualcomm chips, vehicles and roads will in essence talk and listen to each other, exchanging information and generating data.

In the near term, that will mean safer vehicles and safer road users, said Jim Misener, senior director of product management and global V2X ecosystem lead at Qualcomm. In the long term, it will hasten the day of self-driving vehicles. “It will make autonomy a real proposition,” he said.

Vehicle to Everything

The letter combination C-V2X is a shorthand way of saying cellular vehicle to everything. Within that ecosystem is V2V (vehicle to vehicle), V2I (vehicle to roadside infrastructure) and V2P (vehicle to pedestrian) radio communication.

Qualcomm C-V2X solutions are integrated into the corporation’s automotive chips, specifically its Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms.

Ford Motor Co. announced its new cars will have V2X technology by the 2022 model year. There is particular interest for such technology in China.

A Growing Market

The global automotive V2X market is projected to expand. Research & Markets, a market research publisher, forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 44% from $689 million in 2020 to $12.8 billion by 2028. Europe is expected to be the largest V2X market.

Qualcomm’s partners are the local office of Caltrans (District 11), the city of Chula Vista and the San Diego Association of Governments, aka Sandag.

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