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NXP back harmonisation of smart mobility technology

Steve Rogerson
April 20, 2016
 
Dutch electronics giant NXP Semiconductor has given a big thumbs-up to European traffic ministers signing the Declaration of Amsterdam with the aim of harmonising standards in EU for driving smart mobility technology
 
Implementing standards for smart mobility is a big step, and the technology for vehicle-to-vehicle communications is ready and has been proven in a variety of field trials, the latest one being the lorry platooning challenge in Europe this month, where six lorry manufacturers showcased automated driving on public roads all across Europe.
 
The USA is about to take a step in this direction as it announced plans for making V2X mandatory for new vehicles in the USA from 2019 onwards. However, if European countries define different standards on the minimum distances between trucks the safety improvement will stop at the country borders.
 
“NXP applauds today’s signing of the Declaration of Amsterdam,” said Maurice Geraets, board member at NXP. “Harmonising the standards for smart mobility is an important step. This public proof of support by European governments of new technologies, such as vehicle-to-X technology and other safety and mobility systems, will encourage the industry to invest and accelerate its introduction. The technology for vehicle-to-vehicle communications is ready and has been proven in a variety of field trials, the latest one being the truck platooning challenge. Standardising is a key aspect in platooning – a technology that improves road safety, fleet efficiency, traffic flow and CO2 results.”
 
Vehicle-to-X allows cars to communicate with each other across distances of up to two kilometres, exchanging hazard warnings among each other and with the intelligent traffic infrastructure, with a potential to save several thousand lives in Europe.
 
NXP, as the largest supplier of semiconductors to the global automotive industry, is a key driver of such initiatives.
 
“It has proven in more than a million kilometres of test driving that the technology works reliably in real world environments and has partnerships on intelligent traffic systems or vehicle-to-X technology with leading companies such as Siemens, Harman, Delphi and Cohda Wireless,” said Geraets. “First production cars will be on the road this year with NXP in Delphi V2X platforms for General Motors in the USA. Last week in Europe, NXP and Daf Trucks showed that the technology for truck platooning is working reliably on public roads.”
 
He said that NXP was happy with the corporation between governments and industry and saw clear signs of market pick-up.