Trial re­sults for world-first LTE-V2X pro­ject to be un­veiled

Pro­to­type of in­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cle net­work man­age­ment sys­tem tested in field ex­per­i­ments, Li You re­ports.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IOT@WUXI - Con­tact the writer at liyou@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The re­sults from the trial of the world’s first in­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cle net­work man­age­ment sys­tem are set to be un­veiled to the pub­lic at the 2018 World In­ter­net of Things Ex­po­si­tion, China’s top IoT event held in Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince, from Satur­day to Tues­day.

The LTE-V2X, a pro­ject jointly de­vel­oped by the Wuxi city gov­ern­ment, the city’s pub­lic se­cu­rity ad­min­is­tra­tion, China Mo­bile and Huawei Tech­nolo­gies, was an­nounced in May 3, 2017, with the aim of im­ple­ment­ing IoT tech­nolo­gies in the city’s traf­fic sys­tem.

The pro­ject was put into trial op­er­a­tion in Septem­ber last year dur­ing the 2017 World IoT Expo. Since then the pro­to­type of the net­work sys­tem has been tested out in field ex­per­i­ments.

The wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy of V2X, also called the ve­hi­cle to ev­ery­thing, has been found promis­ing as an aid to peo­ple’s driv­ing due to its con­ve­nience in pro­vid­ing real-time data ex­changes be­tween ve­hi­cles and the traf­fic sys­tem.

It is a huge in­ter­ac­tive net­work com­posed of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion, speed and route. Through satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and RFID — or ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion — sys­tems, as well as sen­sors and cam­era im­age pro­cess­ing de­vices, ve­hi­cles can col­lect the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion via the sys­tem.

The tech­nol­ogy also al­lows driv­ers to com­mu­ni­cate through LTE, a 4G mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem, thereby en­abling all ve­hi­cles to trans­mit the data they col­lected to a cen­tral pro­cess­ing unit.

Through a com­puter sys­tem, the data col­lected based on the large num­ber of ve­hi­cles can be an­a­lyzed and pro­cessed.

And then, in­for­ma­tion in need can be cal­cu­lated and re­ported to the driv­ers to guide them to choose the best route in case of traf­fic con­ges­tion or other haz­ardous sit­u­a­tions.

At the launch cer­e­mony in May, its de­vel­op­ers an­nounced the pro­ject’s next-step plan — which is sup­posed to be com­pleted by the end of 2018 — is to let the sys­tem cover 211 in­ter­sec­tions scat­tered around Wuxi’s ur­ban area, Taihu Lake New Town, high-speed rail­way sta­tions, the air­port and five viaducts, serv­ing 100,000 ve­hi­cles in the city.

And in 2019, the LTE-V2X is ex­pected to be ap­plied in all the ar­eas in Wuxi. In 2020, the city is ex­pected to be­come the first base for the V2X in­dus­try and the in­dus­try will be pro­moted through­out Jiangsu prov­ince.

To date, the auto man­u­fac­tur­ers in­volved in the pro­ject in­clude Audi China, FAW Group, Ford Mo­tor Co, Chang’an Au­to­mo­bile Co, Volvo, Volk­swa­gen and Peu­geot

Only an open ecosys­tem can ben­e­fit the peo­ple bet­ter.”

Xiong Wei,

Citroen. Chi­nese on­line map­ping ser­vice provider Amap also par­tic­i­pated in the pro­ject.

In 2017, the first in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized stan­dard for LTE-V2X was ap­proved by the Third Gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­ject, a work­ing group to de­fine the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions stan­dard. The stan­dard was pro­posed by Huawei and Datang Tele­com Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try Group.

Xiong Wei, di­rec­tor of Huawei’s wire­less in­ter­net LTE prod­uct depart­ment, said that the in­ter­net of things is sig­nif­i­cant not only for Huawei, but also for the next gen­er­a­tion of the global econ­omy. And the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of the tech­nol­ogy is not just the com­pany’s strat­egy, but also the strat­egy for many tra­di­tional and emerg­ing in­dus­tries.

The V2X has be­come the fastest-grow­ing in­dus­try in Wuxi and Jiangsu. It plays a key part in the fu­ture of in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion, whose mis­sion is to im­prove traf­fic safety and ef­fi­ciency, Xiong said.

Huawei has been work­ing on solv­ing the prob­lems fac­ing in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion in the past few years and has estab­lished the 4G-de­rived cel­lu­lar car net­work­ing tech­nol­ogy (C-V2X) LTE-V net­work in Wuxi.

This year, the pro­ject will be open in the ma­jor ur­ban ar­eas of Wuxi, which is ex­pected to in­te­grate more in­dus­tries and ve­hi­cles to im­prove pub­lic and pri­vate trans­port.

“Only an open ecosys­tem can ben­e­fit the peo­ple bet­ter,” Xiong said, adding that Huawei will con­tinue to work to­gether with in­dus­try part­ners and gov­ern­ments to drive for­ward these so­lu­tions to ad­dress many press­ing chal­lenges.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Wuxi has been ranked as one of the smartest cities in China thanks to its use of in­tel­li­gent tech­nolo­gies.

The ap­pli­ca­tion of IoT can be used to im­prove traf­fic man­age­ment ef­fe­ciency in the city.

The LTE-V2X, a ve­hi­cle net­work man­age­ment sys­tem, is ex­pected to greatly im­prove Wuxi’s traf­fic flow.

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