V2I devices are part of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which share information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, and increasing the quality and reliability of information available to drivers about their immediate environment, other vehicles and road users.
Under the collaboration just announced by the two companies, Adelaide-based Cohda will develop and produce V2I roadside units (RSUs) for Siemens, enabling this ‘smart infrastructure’ to communicate with connected vehicles. It will also see Siemens base its Sitraffic ESCoS RSU upon Cohda’s MK5 V2X family, using NXP’s Roadlink chip sets.
Siemens will deploy Cohda’s technology for various ITS field tests and pilot projects, including the A58 motorway in the Netherlands, A9 motorway in Germany, and the Living Lab in Austria.
According to Siemens, the successful adoption of vehicle to infrastructure technologies is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion, reduce vehicle accidents and lower auto-related pollution.
Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray said Cohda’s agreement with Siemens created greater certainty for organisations planning to adopt connected vehicle technology.
“Cohda is very pleased to be supplying Siemens with our V2X products. The collaboration of two leaders in their respective markets is good news.”
Dr Gray said Cohda’s hardware and software products are being used in more than 60% of all V2X field trials worldwide today, with customers including many carmakers, tier one suppliers, automotive chipmakers, road authorities and new market entrants.