Across the globe, major urban traffic infrastructure is under increasing strain. Congestion, noise, pollution and the risk of accidents go hand-in-hand with our increasingly hectic daily lives. The need to create an Intelligent Transport System has never been greater. Fortunately, at least in Europe, people are doing something about it.
NXP and our partner Cohda Wireless, together with 12 leading car manufacturers including Audi and BMW, are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring intelligent transport systems and services to European roads by 2015.
As a member of the Car2Car communication consortium, a key contributor to the development of an open European standard for cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), NXP is at the forefront of making European roads safer and more efficient, while simultaneously reducing emissions.
For example, our IEEE 802.11p technology allows vehicles to exchange data about their speed, position and direction, allowing in-vehicle systems to detect potentially dangerous situations, such as sudden braking, broken down vehicles, blocked lanes and even potential blind-intersection collisions.
This technology also allows vehicles to communicate with traffic infrastructure, for example receiving information on recommended speed limits or signal phases and timing of cooperative traffic lights. Such technology is expected to significantly improve traffic flow in major cities: reducing time wasted in traffic and reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
To enable such Car2Infrastructure Communication, it is vital that vehicles are speaking the same language – as such, the introduction of a joint initiative is a decisive factor in bringing C-ITS to life.
This is a great step forward for Europe. I can’t wait for other regions around the world to take notice and follow suit. Mega cities like Shanghai, Beijing, New Delhi, or Silicon Valley are all places I personally spend a lot of time stuck in traffic. So, speaking on behalf of all congestion-plagued city-dwellers, bring on 2015 and a safer and more sustainable future – at least in Europe!