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Cooperative systems outdo ADAS, says analyst

Posted: 08 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Frost & Sullivan  GNSS  LTE  cooperative system  ADAS 

According to Frost & Sullivan, the average driver spends roughly an entire week per year caught up in traffic congestions. As such, more and more vehicles are equipped with electronic systems geared at keeping the traffic flowing or finding alternative routes. The market research firm added that cooperative systems are more suitable for this task.

Cooperative systems include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications; both applications combined are called vehicle-to-x (V2X) communications. One of the core elements of these systems is the cooperative wireless ad-hoc network established between other vehicles and infrastructure, based on a modified version of the WiFi standard that itself has been baptized Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC). Current planning provides for system enhancements based on infrared communications and global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) as well as new solutions based mobile telecommunications networks, in particular LTE. Through these enhancements, V2X is connected to data networks that provide information about accidents, traffic stalls and congestions en route but beyond the reach of DSRC systems, and beyond the capabilities of advanced driver assistance systems since these can only process data provided by their sensors. Cooperative systems hence are more suited to keep the traffic going, said Prana Tharthirahan Natarajan, transport team leader for consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Against this background, Natarajan expects V2X systems to quickly gain acceptance over the years ahead. Among the carmakers, the expert regards Daimler and Volvo as the trailblazers. By 2030, more than 40 per cent of all vehicles will be equipped with V2X technology, a surprisingly high number given that most likely only new vehicles will be equipped and given longevity of cars already out there on the streets. Natarjans figure would also exceed the threshold of 20 per cent required for the system to get off and running (an estimate of Volkswagen's director of electronic architecture, Volkmar Tanneberger).

However, the European market still lacks of an effective business model for V2X, said Frost & Sullivan analyst Neelam Barua. Such as business model needs to identify the parties benefiting from cooperative communications solutions and define a team that holds the responsibility for the technological implementations and the methods of revenue generation. The availability of robust, reliable products that meet the requirements of interoperability, user acceptance and scalability will be the decisive factors for the growth of this market. Barua expects that in 2015, 15 OEMs and 10 tier one suppliers will provide such products.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe

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