Ford Breaks With Auto Rivals By Committing To C-V2X Vehicle Communications Tech

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to_external (V2X) communications (image credit: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

The battle to determine which technology wins out for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications has taken a definite turn toward cellular radio-based systems with an announcement from Ford at CES 2019. The Dearborn-based automaker is the first announce a definitive timeline for introduction of C-V2X communications beginning in calendar year 2022.

For the past couple of years, Ford has been indicating its support for the technology solution championed by Qualcomm in North America and Hauwei in China. This is a definite blow to supporters of dedicated short range communications (DSRC) such as Toyota. Until the emergence of C-V2X a few years ago, most of the industry and regulators seemed to be behind DSRC.

The proposed V2V communications mandate issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in late 2016 would have required DSRC equipment to be installed in new vehicles beginning in 2020 or 2021. However, NHTSA has not moved forward with the regulation under the Trump administration leaving the door open for C-V2X to gain a foothold.

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