Cohda Wireless releases cellular-V2X software development kit to aid vehicle connectivity


One of the leading developers of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) software and systems, Australian company Cohda Wireless, is releasing a cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X) software development kit to advance the introduction of networked mobility systems.

Cohda’s new pre-commercial C-V2X direct communications (PC5) software development kit enables users with previous embedded Linux experience to compile and run C-V2X applications on the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.

Capable of delivering vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) or vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications over cellular networks, Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset solution is based upon the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications for direct communications (PC5) between any combination of vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians over the globally harmonized 5.9GHz ITS spectrum.

In May 2018, Cohda Wireless became a member of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), a global, organization of companies from the automotive, technology and telecommunications industries (ICT), working together to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.

Cohda’s new C-V2X software development kit includes all the software necessary to allow users to modify and rebuild the Cohda firmware to individual specification and offers the following tools:

• Concise and complete API documentation;

• Eclipse Integrated Development Environment, with pre-configured projects;

• Wireshark, with Cohda custom decoder, for easy packet-level debug and analysis;

• VSim, a comprehensive drive visualization, simulation and playback tool.

“The availability of the kit will accelerate the commercial introduction of C-V2X technology and will be of particular interest to OEMs given its pre-production readiness, and our experience in previously launching a complete software stack in a production vehicle (2017 Cadillac CTS),” explained Fabien Cure, chief engineer for Cohda Wireless.

“Our development kit demonstrates our ability to deliver C-V2X commercial solutions and offer the highest quality EU and USA-based C-V2X software. This development kit allows Cohda customer platforms to get access to production ready applications and reduce even further their time to market.”

Cure added, “Our V2X and Connected and Automated Vehicle solutions have always been hardware- and radio-agnostic, and we trust that the introduction of the C-V2X software development kit will be eagerly received by proponents of C-V2X technology as a medium for the widespread integration of connected vehicle technology, and that our advanced capabilities will be appreciated. Working with Qualcomm Technologies to optimize our software on the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Development Platform has given us the opportunity to demonstrate the maturity and stability of our software stack, as well as the proficiency of our engineering team. We look forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies to help advance the commercial deployment for C-V2X across the globe.”

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