The stock of AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) closed at $33.65 gaining 0.33% in yesterday’s trading session. AT&T, QUALCOMM, Inc (NASDAQ:QCOM), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Nokia Oyj (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) are pushing towards the development of connected cars. The announcement of the Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) trials was recently made in the U.S.
If all moves according to plan, intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) provider McCain, Inc and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) will be supporting the testing which is set to take place at the San Diego Regional Proving Ground.
The objective of these trials will be to demonstrate potential of C-V2X technologies, including support for automated driving, improved automotive safety and traffic efficiency.
The trials will also be seeking to provide a clear demonstration to the various road operators and automakers the expected cost-efficient benefits accompanying the cellular technology in vehicles. Aside from that, it will also try showcasing the synergies between the deployment of roadside infrastructure and cellular base stations. The initial testing might be hitting ground later this year.
Experts familiar with C-V2X have outlined that it will be a critical factor in next-generation wireless technology for automated driving and safety-conscious solutions. Wireless technology is growing more prevalent and at the moment most of the vehicles have already started using a cellular network in performing a number of tasks.
That ranges from over-the-air (OTA) updates, to emergency calls, to diagnostics and real-time traffic updates.
C-V2X leverages the direct communication mode to help accelerate wireless technology for the wide array of road safety applications by enabling vehicles to communicate with other vehicles. They are also able to communicate with roadside infrastructure, pedestrian devices and construction zones using the 5.9 GHz band and it doesn’t necessarily have to involve the cellular network subscription.
The vice president of AT&T Internet of Things Solutions, Cameron Coursey, opined, “Working with industry leaders, such as Ford, Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, and state and local government agencies, we will together lead the way to safer, more secure, cost-effective, and efficient next-generation solutions.”