Danlaw’s AutoLink DSRC OBU gets OmniAir Certification for V2X applications


Michigan-based developer of connected car and automotive electronics systems Danlaw has announced that its AutoLink onboard unit (OBU) for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications applications has received OmniAir Consortium certification.

Danlaw’s AutoLink OBU is a complete solution that collects real-time driving information from other vehicles and roadside equipment using DSRC. This onboard device provides drivers with all the capabilities of the company’s DataLogger second-generation Onboard Diagnostics (OBD2) device, plus the safety benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications. Achieving OmniAir certification ensures the AutoLink OBU adheres to stringent interoperability standards, essential for meeting program requirements.

As global smart city programs gain traction, more governments and municipalities are implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) which adhere to WAVE standards. With OmniAir certification, Danlaw’s AutoLink OBU is ready for use in pilot programs requiring V2X communications.

AutoLink is currently deployed in numerous smart city programs throughout North America, where it has been tailored to meet the unique regional and transportation needs of connected vehicle pilots including M-City, New York City, Wyoming and Tampa (Florida). In 2015, Danlaw was selected by the USDOT to develop a certification environment for the testing and validation of connected vehicles using the DSRC standard, ISO 802.11p.

AutoLink’s V2X-DSRC protocol stack generates predictive insights and provides 360° situational awareness for safety and mobility applications. Broadcasting Basic Safety Messages (BSM) with lane-level accuracy is made possible by combining data from AutoLink’s dual DSRC 5.9GHz radios, GNSS receiver, 6-axis inertial sensor, and OBD2 vehicle interface.

AutoLink interprets DSRC messages from vehicles and roadside units (RSUs) to identify potential threats and provide the driver with critical safety information. Situational awareness is achieved by alerting drivers to potential collision events including pedestrian alerts, forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring, and other critical safety messages. These warnings can be supported by a variety of driver feedback options, including LED and head-up displays, infotainment systems and audio output.

AutoLink rounds out Danlaw’s extensive V2X portfolio, which also includes through-glass antenna, roadside unit (RSU) and connected vehicle testing software. The company’s comprehensive suite of connected vehicle products target mobility initiatives focused on creating safer roads, reducing traffic congestion, and optimizing public transportation operations.

“Receiving OmniAir certification for our AutoLink OBU assures our connected vehicle customers, that the device complies with the highest level of V2V and V2I interoperability requirements,” said Scott Morell, Danlaw’s VP of engineering.

“As these pilot programs enter their next phase of long-term operational testing, we are confident that the AutoLink OBU will continue to exceed key performance standards, thanks in part to the OmniAir certification process.”

Jason Conley, executive director of the OmniAir Consortium, commented, “We congratulate Danlaw on achieving OmniAir Certified status for their AutoLink OBU. “OmniAir Certification assures automotive OEMs, suppliers, and deploying agencies that OmniAir Certified DSRC devices conform to industry standards.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).