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AT&T, Delphi, Ford debut V2X platform

William Payne
January 19, 2017
AT&T, Delphi and Ford are working together on a new Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) platform and have developed a proof of concept. The research developed jointly by AT&T, Delphi and Ford can monitor traffic conditions and notify drivers over the AT&T LTE network to approaching vehicles and events.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has proposed requiring technologies in new vehicles allowing cars to "talk" to each other to avoid crashes. Devices would use Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to transmit data, such as location, direction, and speed to nearby vehicles.6

Through the V2X platform, the nationwide AT&T LTE network would extend the range of DSRC communications. The platform uses the network to send notifications and updates for security credential management to each vehicle.

"We're moving from today's connected car to a fully autonomous vehicle. Our work with Delphi and Ford will deliver safer, more secure, cost-effective and efficient solutions to do this," said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

"This technology has the ability to drastically reduce accidents and save lives," said Jim Zizelman, Vice President, Engineering, Delphi. "DSRC and LTE both have a unique role to play. The combination will help speed the adoption of V2X overall."

"We believe robust, secure vehicle communications offers the potential to dramatically improve safety, reduce congestion and help protect the environment," said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. "Accelerating the deployment of these communications requires collaboration across industries and government agencies."

For the proof of concept demonstrator, Delphi has developed the on-board V2X module while AT&T has developed the software for the analytics platform and will provide the wireless connectivity. Ford has developed the in-car integration.