[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,
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,
and benefit from near real-time shared, decision-making.
[Narrator] Such as safely navigating a busy intersection.
[Jim] Our autonomous driving solutions
and specifically the Qualcomm Snapdragon ride platform,
works behind the scenes
to provide assistance across all levels of automation.
[Narrator] And vehicles will not only be connected
on the outside,
advanced driver-assistance systems or ADAS
are built to provide travelers
with in-vehicle support while they travel.
Over 90% of motor vehicle crashes can be attributed
in part to human error.
Autonomous driving in ADAS
are designed to address human error,
make our roads safer, and reduce crashes and fatalities.
The new level of connectivity
that is expected from advances in ITS
should not only result in safer roads
but it’ll also result in additional safety
and mobility benefits
because it will provide actionable insight
through that information sharing.
[Narrator] Transportation planners and managers
may use data to project travel demand
and optimize operational strategies
to help our transportation systems work more efficiently,
determining where to deploy infrastructure,
or build new roads, lanes, and parking lots.
Transportation planners can use these insights
and alter travel patterns that would alleviate congestion
and consequently would improve air quality.
By doing this, we can more efficiently use our resources
and preserve sustainable solutions for the future.
[Narrator] ADAS autonomous driving
and important ITS data may also unlock new possibilities
for enhanced personal mobility.
Reliable ride tracking
is designed to ensure that public transportation
and mobility on demand passengers
no longer waste time waiting for their rides to arrive.
And once they’re on board
vehicles can interpret real-time traffic data
and reroute to allow the whole system
to become more efficient, affordable, and integrated.
To support advances in transportation
and provide these benefits,
Qualcomm Technologies envisions the need
for a car-to-cloud platform
that allows vehicles to be updated
with new on the go features, on demand services,
and personalized infotainment options.
[Jim] Well the best part is that
we’re not describing a distant future.
We are describing today.
We are road testing innovations that will allow for safer,
more sustainable transportation future.