LAS VEGAS -- Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday at CES 2018 announced a new cloud-based platform for mobility services in cities, as well as a new model for autonomous vehicles, and a collaboration with Qualcomm on CV2X. CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. The Transportation Mobility Cloud is an open, cloud-based platform for mobility services to facilitate the flow of information to support the transportation system in cities so that any mode of transportation, whether vehicles, bicycles or mass transit, can work together. "The time has come to fundamentally update our approach and shift our central mission to harnessing that technology as a tool to improving human lives," said Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford, at the Ford press conference at CES 2018.
Cohda Wireless has demonstrated the ability of its driverless car technology to see around corners and locate other vehicles in an'urban canyon' as part of a world-first trial in South Australia. The trial, conducted in a two-block section in the centre of the Adelaide CBD, revealed how smart connected vehicles can detect and respond to risky situations more effectively than a human in a scenario thought to be commonplace in built-up city areas. During the trial, two vehicles approached a four-way intersection at right angles to each other. Tall buildings on each corner of the intersection obstructed the view of the other approaching car. Car 2, driven by a human, fails to adhere to the red-light signal and approaches the intersection at speed, intending to'run' the red light.
One of the most important developments out of CES 2019 was the momentum of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology and how Ford will roll it out to its global fleet by 2022. Amid robotics, health and wellness gadgets, laptops and a bevy of other devices, Ford's move to adopt Qualcomm's cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) platform was largely overlooked. A few years from now I'm willing to bet that Ford's move to roll out C-V2X will be the one technology development during CES 2019 that anyone will actually remember. Simply put, C-V2X is the glue that'll bind automobiles, smart cities and infrastructure to enable a lot of the promise that to date has been elusive. Here's a primer on C-V2X and what it'll enable.
The Cadillac Super Cruise CT6 has a hands-free driving system for the freeway seen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. USA Today's Nathan Bomey takes Cadillac's Super Cruise for a test drive. General Motors will offer hands-free highway driving capability on all of its Cadillac models beginning in 2020. The system, dubbed Super Cruise, is currently available only on the CT6 luxury sedan. It steers, brakes and accelerates on the highway without the driver's help, but an eye tracker ensures the person is watching the road and thus that the driver is able to take over the steering wheel if necessary.
Qualcomm on Tuesday announced that it's partnering with AT&T, Ford and Nokia to test its new Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology on the roads of San Diego later this year. Back in September, Qualcomm unveiled its 9150 C-V2X chipset and reference design. The tests are the first announced V2X trials in the US, Qualcomm says. C-V2X technology encompasses two transmission modes -- direct communications and network-based communications -- to enable a vehicle to communicate with other cars and infrastructure around it. Qualcomm is headquartered in San Diego, and the San Diego region is one of 10 places that the US Department of Transportation has authorized as an automated vehicle proving ground.