PSA Starts V2X Shoot-Out in China

The PSA Group has begun demonstrating its smart-city communications V2X technology in a Chinese city pitching two rival systems against each other.

Its demo, testing separate solutions from Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies, began in the city of Wuxi near Shanghai in eastern China and claims to be the world’s first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application area to showcase the nation’s growing V2X ecosystem for intelligent connected vehicles (ICV). The project covers 226 road intersections, 170 sq km city area, over 600 communication base stations, more than 100,000 commercial users and 13 typical scenarios. The LTE-V2X project in Wuxi is scheduled to be implemented in three phases ending in 2020.

PSA’s technology has been fitted to several of the group’s SUV models including DS 7 Crossback, Peugeot 4008 and Citroën C5 Aircross. The two systems will engage in something of a shoot-out with the premium DS cars being equipped with Huawei’s solution based on C-V2X and the Peugeot and Citroën cars will host the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution. This is the first time that PSA has demonstrated the technology in China.

The vehicles will be able to communicate with infrastructures on the side of the road, as well as receive real-time traffic information from traffic signals, incoming vehicles or pedestrians not visible by the driver. This information will be used to assess optimal speeds to better navigate intersections, receive early warnings of dangerous situations thanks to the smart cameras on the road and be informed of events along the journey. The cars will also be able to communicate with each other and with pedestrians.

PSA first showcased a live demonstration of LTE-V2X direct communication capabilities using the 9150 C-V2X chipset solution in Europe in March.

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

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