Wireless Tech Makes For Safer Rides

With the help of a new suite of features known as C-V2X, or cellular vehicle-to-everything, future vehicles will have a more comprehensive collection of sensors, cameras, and radars to alert drivers about the world and road around them.

Unlike typical cell phone communication, C-V2X does not require connecting to a relay to reach other C-V2X enabled vehicles. With a phone, your signal first needs to reach a cellular tower, then redirect to wherever you are trying to reach, even if they are in the same room. Based on the future plans of a comprehensive 5G cellular network, the C-V2X can send and receive information to and from other vehicles on the road around you. This kind of information sharing would be invaluable when trying to alleviate congestion and complications while on the road.

The more vehicles that are equipped with this technology, the more effective it is. With more communication between vehicles on the road, the picture becomes more clear about what kind of situations are happening. C-V2X technologies are not only limited to vehicles, however.

From traffic lights to pedestrians with cellular devices, everything equipped with this connective technology will be able to communicate. As with vehicles, the more connected devices there are to the network, the more complete the communication is. This can pave the way to fully automatic vehicles that can make decisions about routes and when to start and stop.

Ford plans to integrate this technology in every U.S. model by the end of 2019, and looking further ahead, offer self-driving vehicles for consumer use by 2021. Ford is pushing vehicular technology into the next generation.

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