Fueling the groundswell for DSRC V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communications is the dramatic decrease of accidents and fatalities when more cars and infrastructure connect and “talk.”
7.4 million crashes by 2022 could be prevented in the U.S. if 2019 models are equipped with V2X, according to researchers at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
DSRC-V2X is proven, road-tested, and used in cars today. Drivers are already behind the wheels of fully loaded cars, like GM’s Cadillac. Other carmakers in Europe, Japan and Korea, including Volkswagen and Toyota, are not far behind with plans to roll out V2X in upcoming model years.
The questions now are not about tests and validation. Instead, it’s the roll-out of V2X on real roads to avoid accidents.
How can you jumpstart your V2X development?
Our new RoadLINK development kit based on the automotive-qualified one-chip SAF5400 V2X safety modem is made to do just that.
Out of the box, you can connect your laptop to the V2X modem. It’s the same chip integrated with a high-performance security engine that you’d find inside the on-board units (OBUs) in production cars. The modem can support two antennas for dedicated short range communications (DSRC) based on the IEEE 802.11p standard – no cellular connectivity is needed!
Run the provided demo code, and experiment with V2X from your office or home.
If you like what you see, you can take your evaluation a step further and design real-time safety critical proof of concepts and feasibility tests for emergency road systems, platooning, and driver alerts to and from cars and the infrastructure – applications that only DSRC V2X can offer today.
And if you need a jump start, a complete reference design is available for you to customize and add your own differentiating features.
Here’s what you can expect with the RoadLINK SAF5400 V2X modem and development kit:
Using the development kit, you can configure your system to detect dangers obscured by traffic, terrain, or weather and warn the driver to take action and avoid collisions. Connect to the infrastructure to keep pedestrians and work crews safe at crosswalks and road works. Set up emergency vehicle positioning and out-of-sight traffic congestion alerts. Build an interface to connect multiple trucks to configure a safer, driverless or driver-light platoon. The possibilities to enhance road safety with DSRC V2X are endless.
Lowering the often-cited 1.3 million annual road fatalities is the automotive industry’s bullseye. With V2X in widespread use, together we’ll hit the mark.