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New Qualcomm Auto Chipset Advances Vehicle-To-Everything Communications (zdnet.com) 24

Qualcomm has introduced a new Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) chipset and reference design that aims to bring automakers one step closer to deploying the communications systems necessary for fully autonomous vehicles. Ford, Audi, the PSA Group and SAIC are all endorsing the new chipset. ZDNet reports: The Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset, expected to be available for commercial sampling in the second half of 2018, is based on specs from the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations. Meanwhile, Qualcomm's C-V2X reference design will feature the 9150 C-V2X chipset, an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack, as well as a Hardware Security Module (HSM). C-V2X technology encompasses two transmission modes: direct communications and network-based communications. It's key for both safety features and for implementing autonomous driving capabilities.

For instance, its direct communications capabilities improve a vehicle's situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using low latency transmissions. Relying on the globally harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS band, the 9150 C-V2X chipset can relay information on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) scenarios without the need for a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), cellular subscription or network assistance. On top of that, C-V2X network-based communications (designed for 4G and emerging 5G wireless networks) supports telematics, connected infotainment and a growing number of advanced informational safety use cases.

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New Qualcomm Auto Chipset Advances Vehicle-To-Everything Communications

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  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Friday September 01, 2017 @05:14PM (#55126279)
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  • After all, if it advances vehicle-to-everything communications, it certainly has to advance everythingincludinghackers-to-vehicle communications.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Also 'always on' government tracking of every vehicle -- also so the carjackers can know exactly where you are and pick the best spot possible to make your vehicle stop, then make it open the door, so they can drag you out and shoot you in the head (unless you're worth enough to ransom) and not mess up the car interior (better resale value for the chop shop that way).

      Remember, kids: don't just disconnect those antennas, they may still be able to communicate that way, and don't short them to ground, the v
      • by Anonymous Coward

        At these frequencies, a short to ground might just end up being 50 ohms.. just saying.

    • This is why every car I've ever owned is from pre-2010. And I especially like the even older ones that continue to start even after gutting their internal electronics.

    • OTOH, having a standardized chipset and API for non-network vehicle-to-vehicle communication could really help prevent hacks by preventing each company from implementing their own version with their own cost savings.

  • Are they envisioning a future where you have to be connected to a wireless infrastructure to walk down the street?

    Man, that got dystopian really quick.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Are they envisioning a future where you have to be connected to a wireless infrastructure to walk down the street?

      It is the classic problem with futurists ... we'll have all of this awesome technology if only someone else will pay for the massive infrastructure required to make it all work.

      For all of these things, be it fancy new roads, or new types of buildings, or telecommunications, buying new cars which are compatible with this .. the world simply is NOT going to spend the money to rebuild what is there

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You know how a number of municipalities got caught with lead in the water lately? The ones that weren't caught were smart enough to use lead free solder to manufacture their nano-transmitters. I recommend only drinking 25 year old scotch for the next few years, then you're going to have to switch to older vintages.

    • Are they envisioning a future where you have to be connected to a wireless infrastructure to walk down the street?

      No, they're envisioning a future in which the wireless infrastructure to which you are already connected helps AVs not run you down if you walk into the street while using your phone, which already includes location-finding hardware.

  • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Friday September 01, 2017 @05:32PM (#55126369) Homepage

    V2E communication is the absolutely least thing needed for autonomous vehicles. Identifying other vehicles, traffic lights and road signs is completely trivial compared to dealing with "everything else". Random people, animals, debris and whatnot will never wear a chip, if one car can't deal with it on its own neither can a group. The potential benefits of "near-psychic" autonomous cars moving as a pseudo-train and timing the crossing of the intersection is nice-to-have to optimize cars that are already self-driving.

    • V2E communication is the absolutely least thing needed for autonomous vehicles. Identifying other vehicles, traffic lights and road signs is completely trivial compared to dealing with "everything else".

      Therefore, there's no reason to make it simpler, or make it work better.

      Random people, animals, debris and whatnot will never wear a chip, if one car can't deal with it on its own neither can a group.

      Anything the car doesn't have to spend time recognizing leaves more CPU time for recognizing things which are not in the network.

      The potential benefits of "near-psychic" autonomous cars moving as a pseudo-train and timing the crossing of the intersection is nice-to-have to optimize cars that are already self-driving.

      You can't trust an AV which depends on V2V or V2I, but that stuff is still useful.

  • inter-vehicle bandwidth? People manage to do the same task with a single digit at around one baud.

    • Yes, but this would actually make it possible for computers to avoid the accident. All the finger does is admit guilt.

  • This sounds like the chipset to build a really robust Gargoyle Outfit. [marksarney.com]

  • Does the chipset have a Mustang mode that can be enabled when leaving a C&C meet?

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?

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