Governments, OEMs and suppliers selected the Cohda radio to participate in trials around the globe.
Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) August 21, 2012
Excitement builds as the Safety Pilot Model Deployment of 2,880 cars is underway as announced today by the Honorable Ray LaHood, USDOT Secretary in a joint press conference with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This deployment, the largest real-life test of cars talking to cars, uses the latest wireless technology for safe and secure connectivity.
After extensive testing, Cohda Wireless, a global player in providing complete connected car solutions, was selected by the USDOT to provide a wide range of devices for this pilot. According to the USDOT website on connected car technology or V2V for vehicle-to vehicle communications, “eventually, each vehicle on the roadway… will be able to communicate with other vehicles and that this rich set of data and communications will support a new generation of active safety applications and safety systems. V2V communications will enable active safety systems that can assist drivers in preventing 76 percent of the crashes on the roadway, thereby reducing fatalities and injuries that occur each year.” These applications proposed by the USDOT could potentially save lives - Emergency Brake Light Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Intersection Movement Assist, Blind Spot and Lane Change Warning, Do not pass Warning, Control Loss Warning, all enabled by Cohda technology.
A team of skillful researchers from Australia founded Cohda Wireless in 2004, with a commitment to pioneering wireless solutions for automotive safety applications. Cohda CEO, Paul Gray, states, “from day one Cohda approached connectivity with automotive safety in mind. The automotive market needs a complete, tested, and superior solution to the challenge of cars talking to cars. Governments, OEMs and suppliers selected our radio to participate in major field tests of V2V. Around the globe covering over 10,000 miles in the USA, Australia, Germany, France and Korea, trials were completed for as many as 15 different applications."
The Cohda technology and products are based on a WiFi-like standard, called Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and are recognized by its international standard as IEEE 802.11p. Their unique patented technology specifically addresses the most challenging problem of V2V.
Paul Alexander, the Cohda CTO states further, “We make WiFi work for the moving car. Our patented technology enhances radio reception; the car can see around corners when needed. The Cohda radio and supporting software uses GPS and a wireless broadcasting standard similar to Wi-Fi, called DSRC.We have developed roadside broadcasting units. Today, we can provide an end-to-end complete solution, being able to communicate from a Cohda radio built into the car to a roadside radio. We provide application support worldwide that we plan to grow to support our customers around the globe.”
Cohda closely works with NXP Semiconductor to engage customers to realize this safety feature in all vehicles, both for OEM and after-markets. NXP is a leading global automotive semiconductor company that provides a variety of technologies for connecting the car to the outside world, supporting applications such as V2V communication, broadcast reception, location-based services, remote car management, or vehicle personalization.
Cohda Wireless is an equipment vendor in the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Telematics market. The company manufactures hardware products with acknowledged best-in-world performance and has developed complete software solutions (from network layer to applications layer) for this market. Cohda’s hardware and software products are being used in Car-to-Car field trials worldwide today.