Volkswagen plans car-to-car communication for 2019

Volkswagen plans car-to-car communication for 2019

Volkswagen plans to have most of its cars with the pWLAN (IEEE 802.11p) wireless connectivity standard by 2019. The system, which has been adopted by the automotive industry for non-proprietary, inter-vehicle communication as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure will be supported by some of its models as standard, in addition to mobile phone connectivity.

“We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology. What matters most is that the technology is used consistently, and by as many manufacturers and partners as possible,” said Johannes Neft, head of vehicle body development for Volkswagen.

Scheduled for launch in 2019, the technology aims to help detect hazards such as a nearby car making an emergency stop, or black ice on the road. This information can be shared instantly with surrounding vehicles and transport infrastructure (car-to-car and car-to-X), enabling other road users to take prompt reaction, says Volkswagen.

These also include the authorities and emergency services, such as the local police and medical officers. Equipped with pWLAN technology, other road users around the first responders can receive information on their distance from approaching emergency vehicles and the direction they are travelling in, long before they are heard or seen.

The integration of transport infrastructure and road users, or car-to-X, is something Volkswagen is also working on with pWLAN technology. Additionally, transport infrastructure operators in Germany, Netherlands and Austria have announced plans to outfit trailers used to block off roadworks with pWLAN technology, in order to reduce rear-end collisions by informing nearby road users of their presence.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Nancy Liu3.1 on Jun 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    VW is really creative these days. Howver, we cant stop Basher to shoot the car and relate it to P1 later.

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    • YB Kunta Kinte on Jun 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Can one car with a cheat device communicate to another car with a cheat device too? This won’t be good cause if one car is under test, this car can tell other VW cars to becareful and switch off their cheat devices before their turn for test comes up

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      • Yeah, yeah. The only tech u belip in is 1NZFE & dino 4AT. Spare us the shrills.

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      • KMC corp on Jul 01, 2017 at 11:41 am

        Prefer to use the Kunta protocol to let cars collide with this Kunta Kinte’s car

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      • Nancy Liu3.2 on Jul 01, 2017 at 1:09 pm

        Mr kunta. Find a life, you keep posting same fake story

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  • Will this tech be subjected to MCMC’s approval?

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    • With so many competing & non-interlinked techs, can this even work at all? It be like kai talking to elefumps.

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  • Happy days for WannaCry…

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    • sighScaremongers on Jun 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Uh huh because V2X/V2V uses Windows SMB protocol right kappa

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    • Sam Loo (ori1) on Jul 01, 2017 at 9:30 am

      The low RV of VW is already a built in WannaCry feature of all VW.

      Don’t need a ransomware to make VW owners cry

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