30 Oct 19

China - Automated Driving a Step Closer to Reality

Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication in China could be moving closer to reality following successful interoperability and conformance testing by Israel-based Autotalks. The company says its chipset is now market-ready for the People’s Republic.

Autotalks successfully showcased its chipset conformance, to the Chinese C-V2X standard (based on cellular technology) and the Chinese OSCCA security standard, at the China SAE Congress and Exhibition held in Shanghai at the end of October 2019.

First-ever, large-scale C-V2X demo

In a press release, the company claims it was the first-ever, large-scale interoperability demonstration of multi-brand C-V2X communication. The demo itself brought together over 20 automotive companies, forming around 50 demonstration teams, including leading automakers, chipset makers, plus terminal and security solution providers that all worked together in a real-world setting.

Autotalks’ chipset was used by five different automakers including: Renault-Nissan, Brilliance Auto, FAW, Great Wall and another, unnamed European OEM. Demonstration rides for hundreds of visitors showcased conformance and interoperability, at all levels, plus the Autotalks’ chipset system, software and security.

Testing autonomous driving security standards

It also included vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications with security enabled to meet the Chinese OSCCA standard for the first time. Protection of the V2X system against cybersecurity attacks through Road Side Units (RSUs), was evident through the demonstration rides.

Autotalks successfully completed testing, with all other C-V2X chipset vendors, prior to the demonstration in China and has been working closely with its Tier1 and ecosystem partners to ensure end-to-end conformance and interoperability, which is a prerequisite for mass deployment of C-V2X.

Strategic partnership

Recently, Autotalks and Neusoft signed a cooperation agreement aimed at forming a strategic partnership for creating a highly reliable and truly secure global V2X solution. The two companies launched - and successfully demonstrated - this joint product with four car-makers as part of its Shanghai demonstration.

“We are very proud to reach this important milestone in the fast-growing Intelligent Connected Vehicle (ICV) market in China,” Ram Shallom, VP business development and marketing in APAC at Autotalks, stated. “The recent successful end-to-end C-V2X demonstration with five car makers and our ecosystem partners, shows the maturity of our C-V2X technology towards mass deployment in China and globally.”

This could be perceived as yet more evidence of China’s eagerness to accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous driving and claim the global leadership position ahead of the USA.

Authored by: Alison Pittaway