Wirelessly Connected Cars Could Lead to Safer Roads

Qualcomm, Panasonic and Ford recently demonstrated 'cellular vehicle-to-everything' or C-V2X, which allows vehicles to remain in real-time communication with their environment. Some say this technology has the potential to reduce motor vehicles accidents by 80%. The recent demo was hosted at Panasonic's smart city in Denver, Colorado, where the stakes for increased road safety are high: the state has experienced a 45% increase in motor vehicle deaths in the past year. For now C-V2X can warn of potential safety hazards to elicit an appropriate response from the driver, but eventually these warnings could trigger an automated emergency response. You could be driving a car with C-V2X as soon as next year, according to Qualcomm's Jason Ellis. Ford does not yet have a timeline for deployment but favors C-V2X over another older vehicle-to-vehicle communication system known as DSRC, according to Naseem Sewani, IT Strategic Portfolio Manager.

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