December 5, 2020


[Narrator] A new era in smart transportation is emerging.

As breakthroughs in 5G and wireless technology

continue to connect our world,

ubiquitous networks of sensors, advances in AI,

and increased analytics are poised to make driving safer,

more efficient, more inclusive, and more sustainable.

The WIRED Brand Lab recently spoke

with the experts at Qualcomm Technologies,

the world’s leading wireless technology innovator

and the company that invented

the foundational technologies

that are enabling these 5G breakthroughs,

to find out how smart transportation

is advancing the future of mobility.

Our vision for smart transportation is broad.

Is more broad than simply building better cars.

It’s about disseminating information and using it.

Information between travelers and vehicles,

the infrastructure IOT,

our goal is to unlock new solutions

to fundamentally reshape how we travel.

In order to achieve this,

we work with public and private entities

and we redefine intelligent transportation systems.

[Narrator] Many current transportation systems

rely on line-of-sight awareness

and road level satellite navigation systems

to help you get to your destination.

But an advanced, intelligent transport system or ITS,

is designed to integrate communication

and transportation networks

to utilize information passed between vehicle sensors

and transportation infrastructure,

using communication devices

to help you adapt to your changing traveling needs

and adapt the transportation environment to you.

Our engineers are designing

a wide range of core technologies

for smart transportation systems

that utilize increased connectivity

to deliver quantifiable safety mobility benefits.

To include Cellular V2X,

advanced driving assistance systems or ADAS,

and autonomous driving.

[Narrator] Let’s dig into what those acronyms mean.

C-V2X stands for cellular vehicle-to-everything.

This technology allows vehicles

to talk directly to one another,

to pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users

and to the roadside infrastructure around them,

without relying on a cellular network

Smart roadside units

and onboard sensors talk and listen to each other

to transmit information on what’s ahead.

For example, traffic conditions, traffic hazards,

adverse weather,

all that information can be given to the drivers

so that the driver can determine

the best time to move, to change lanes, take a turn.

[Narrator] C-V2X compliments what’s already in your car

to increase your non-line of sight awareness

and help you and your vehicle make real-time decisions

in fractions of a second.

Smart roadside units might adapt traffic signals

based on real-time traffic needs.

This could allow emergency responders

to preempt traffic signals

as they travel directly to emergencies.

Public transit riders could track their rides

with pinpoint accuracy

or even reserve the departure time of their next connection.

Making affordable transportation more accessible

and dependable for all users.

Our increased connectivity

can allow us to more efficiently select when to travel,

what mode to take, and what route is optimal.

It is designed to create safer trips and less congestion,

thus less pollution

C-V2X will evolve into 5G-V2X

and give us unprecedented ability to do autonomous driving.

Will offer superior reliability, low latency communication,

non-line of sight capabilities.

It will enable vehicles coordinate movements,