Autotalks launches world’s first combined DSRC and Cellular V2X chipset


One of the leading developers of connected vehicle (CV) technologies, Israeli company Autotalks, has launched the world’s first automotive-grade vehicle-to-everything (V2X) chipset to combine both DSRC (dedicated short-range communications) and cellular-V2X protocols.

V2X communication is heading to mass-market adoption as the world’s largest OEMs announce intentions to equip their new car models with the technology. In recent years, V2X diverged into two different technologies, DSRC and C-V2X, with fundamentally different architectures, making it difficult to harmonize a single global solution.

Autotalks, a leader and innovator in V2X technology, has addressed the need for a global solution by equipping its mass-market deployment-ready second-generation chipsets with C-V2X in addition to their native support of DSRC.

CV technology, due to be mass deployed in the coming years, complements the information coming from other sensors, specifically in non-line-of-sight scenarios, rough weather or poor lighting conditions. V2X communications has the potential to significantly improve overall road safety, effectively coordinating vehicles, self-driving cars, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

While DSRC-based V2X is widely deployed in the USA, Europe and Japan, C-V2X is gaining momentum in other regions. Autotalks chipsets were designed from the ground up to meet V2X market requirements and standards, which gives its C-V2X offering a head start to meet security, environmental, quality, thermal and other requirements.

Delivering dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) functionality on existing automotive qualified AEC-Q100 grade 2 chipsets while using production grade software and maintaining the present API, enables the shortest time to market for a global dual-mode V2X platform. Autotalks’ solution minimizes development, testing and certification efforts for a V2X system to be deployed anywhere, via a software-defined toggle between V2X technologies.

Autotalks’ new deployment-ready V2X chipset is the only available unit capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol) at the highest security level. The chipset supports DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications.

The company’s PC5 solution uses the globally defined 5.9GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network agnostic, as no cellular SIM or coverage is required, and it works without or with any 3G/4G/5G cellular modem. Separating V2X from the cellular network access device (NAD) improves the cost-effectiveness of Telematic Control Unit (TCU) deployments.

The separation of V2X from in-vehicle infotainment ensures that the purpose of the V2X system, which is giving drivers alerts of on-road dangers, is not compromised. The V2X isolation, combined with Autotalks’ recognized cybersecurity abilities, leads to a secure platform; a fundamental V2X requirement.

“We are proud to announce that our existing second generation chipset can now support PC5,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “It is a revolutionary stride, proving our market leadership. This demonstrates that a truly secure global V2X solution could have only been developed by a company that has multidisciplinary experience in creating automotive safety communication solutions. We are committed to staying forward thinkers and bringing to mass-market a V2X solution that will save lives in all regions and protocols in the most cost-efficient manner.”

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