Moves to Accelerate C-V2X Certification

A drive towards establishing the certification process of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems has begun with the partnering of two major connectivity promoters.

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) have announced a partnership hoping to support the drive for interoperability, reliability and safety standards of the technology. Both have already been working to develop a new program laying the foundations for the certification of the radio layer of C-V2X, upon which trusted applications can be developed.

Many view C-V2X communications as fundamental in the growth and adoption of next-generation automotive systems. Direct wireless communication between vehicles, and between vehicles and infrastructure, could lead to safer and more efficient intelligent transportation systems. Certification of all these elements to global standards is essential to ensure the peace of mind of manufacturers and users alike.

Under the agreement, GCF has established a program to allow manufacturers to certify their C-V2X capable products, including onboard units (OBU) and roadside units (RSU), for C-V2X PC5 Mode 4. This mode, standardized by 3GPP, allows V2V communications and V2I equipment without the need to connect to the cellular network.

The program will evolve from radio layer certification of PC5 Mode 4 (V2V and V2I) to LTE and 5G-NR based V2X-Uu (V2N) using the 4G and 5G cellular network for communications. The C-V2X program focuses on the radio layer while allowing the industry to develop applications that can sit on top.

This program expects it will allow Tier 1 manufacturers of OBUs and RSUs to ensure their products are interoperable with each other in terms of V2V functionality. Automakers could rely on intelligent connectivity within automobiles and insurance companies will have the opportunity to monitor for safe driving practices. In addition, it is hoped, municipal traffic authorities will be able to trust in the ability of products to operate over their infrastructure while maintaining traffic flows.

Lars Nielsen, GCF CEO and general manager, commented: “GCF brings to the table over 20 years of best practice and wireless certification know-how, while 5GAA brings the global reach of the automotive ecosystem and expertise in automotive specific requirements. The combination of the two organizations will result in a best-in-class certification program for the automotive industry that prepares the way for safe, secure and interoperable communications between vehicles, people, and networks.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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