NXP joins car-to-car wireless consortium

April 09, 2013

Bernard Cole-April 09, 2013

Cohda Wireless and NXP have joined the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium www.car-to-car.org aimed at implementing and deploying harmonized technology for the wireless communication between cars, or between cars and traffic infrastructure, in Europe.

NXP and wireless communications specialist Cohda are the first automotive electronics suppliers to sign up to support the efforts of twelve major automobile manufacturers, key backers of the consortium.

The two companies have introduced their jointly developed RoadLINK product line up for a total Car-to-X (C2X) communication and security solution for on-board units and road-side units in  Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Automotive-ready modules based on RoadLINK are currently being developed by companies including lesswire AG, a German specialist in automotive wireless networking, which has just released a C2X module which it expects to be widely deployed beginning in 2015.

According to Søren Hess, general manager, CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium, the overall objective of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium is to implement and deploy cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems – a network in which communication partners, such as vehicles, traffic infrastructure, and service providers, wirelessly exchange information.

“This will be the basis for achieving new levels of traffic safety and improving traffic efficiency on European roads,” he said. “The consortium is therefore pushing for global harmonization of Car-to-Car (C2C) and Car-to-Infrastructure (C2I) communication standards, recognizing the need to adapt software to the regional characteristics of the US, European and Japanese markets.”

The NXP and Cohda Wireless RoadLINK effort incorporates Cohda’s patented advanced reception technology enhances wireless communications to quality levels far beyond commercial off-the-shelf receivers and transmitters using the IEEE 802.11 communication standard. NXP is contributing its hardware platform incorporating software-defined radio, high-performance mixed-signal RF tuners, and security technologies.

According to Dr. Ralph Meyfarth, CEO lesswire AG, the company is using RoadLink to build small embedded Car-to-X radio modules based on IEEE802.11p. First modules are planned to be released in 2014.

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