Connected Vehicle Technology Is Coming to NYC

The New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot is a milestone development in the adoption of connected vehicle technology that other major cities around the world should be looking to emulate, according to Cohda Wireless Chief Technical Officer, Dr Paul Alexander.

The New York pilot, the largest of its kind in the world, encompasses three distinct areas in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and comprises of over 3000 vehicles consisting of cars, buses, and fleet vehicles. Its goal is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from traffic crashes through the deployment of connected vehicle technologies that allow vehicles to ‘speak to each other,’ extending their perception horizon far beyond that of human capability.

Cohda is involved in the initiative through the provision of its V2X stack and applications to project partner Danlaw, including its unrivalled V2X-Locate product, which enables sub-metre vehicle location accuracy in urban canyons, tunnels, underground car parks and other scenarios where GPS doesn’t work well.

“Connected vehicle technology will be implemented on all of our roads but it is city environments that present the most challenges,” explained Dr. Alexander.

“It is in these locations that the vehicle interactions are most complex and also where GNSS system are most challenged”. “By leveraging the density of Road-Side Units in city environments, where there are many signalised intersections, we are able to achieve the localisation accuracy necessary for the V2X applications to operate effectively.”

Cohda’s V2X applications are the most widely deployed in the industry. It is the only company to have integrated its V2X software into series production with two car manufacturer platforms. It expects that by 2021, over a million vehicles will feature Cohda technology whilst it continues to secure infrastructure deployments across the US, Europe and Australia.

“We are seeing more and more tests and trials of connected vehicle technology in the US, Europe, China and Australia, amongst other places,” added Dr Alexander.

“It is large-scale pilots like the one in New York that will take the market to a tipping point, revolutionising road transport as we know it.”

Scott Morell, VP of Engineering, Danlaw said: “Teaming up with Cohda to provide the optimum solution for the demanding New York City V2X environment proves the technology is ready for adoption in other municipalities.”

Cohda’s V2X-Locate product uses ranging measurements between vehicles and equipped roadside infrastructure (RSUs) to enable enhances positioning accuracy. The RSUs need only be deployed at signalised intersection with spacing typically aligned with V2X coverage requirements. The ranges from RSUs are fed into Cohda enhanced V2X-Locate positioning engine on board the vehicle to accurately position the vehicle. Through the advanced processing capabilities of Cohda’s stack the V2X-Locate solution is able to counteract the impact of non-line-of-sight and multipath signals.