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V2X Module Enhances Traffic Safety

June 19, 2020
A compact module makes an outsized contribution to proliferating vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

Thanks to the u-blox VERA-P3 vehicle-to-everything (V2X) module, automotive OEMs, Tier-1s, and manufacturers of traffic-management infrastructure can jump onto the fast track to integrating V2X technology into their platforms and solutions for commercial deployment.

VERA-P3 communicates via the IEEE 802.11p wireless standard, referred to as Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) in the U.S. (also known as ITS-G5 in Europe), to connect vehicles with each other and with roadside infrastructure. By effectively seeing beyond the line of sight, V2X lets vehicles assist drivers in potentially dangerous situations, in the event of slow traffic ahead and by negotiating complex intersections. Smart cities can also benefit from vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications to manage traffic, from providing green-light speed advisory, roadwork warnings, and hazardous location warnings.

The VERA-P3 module could play a crucial role in enabling truck platooning, which will be supported by most new trucks by 2025. VERA-P3 is also suited for other applications, such as agriculture and mining, in which heavy machines must communicate with each other to synchronize their activities.

As the role of satellite-based positioning by means of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) gains importance in V2X technology, it’s becoming crucial that GNSS capabilities be included in enabling devices. u-blox brings its expertise in GNSS to the VERA-P3 V2X module, which reduces the overall complexity of integrating the technology, speeding up time to market, reducing costs and capital investment, and future-proofing end products.

Based entirely on u-blox core technology, VERA-P3 is qualified for operation from -40 to +105°C. The automotive-grade device complies with WAVE and ETSI ITS G5 for operation in the U.S. and Europe.

Samples and evaluation kits will be available in July, 2020.

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