Cisco Joins Effort to Advance Highly Connected Cars
Cisco is teaming with NXP and Cohda to help develop wireless, in-vehicle safety systems that can help make vehicles safer for drivers and passengers.Cisco Systems is getting into the vehicle safety business, joining NXP Semiconductors to help in the push toward creating in-vehicle safety systems that wirelessly communicate with drivers in real-time to warn of road hazards, impending crashes and other driving dangers. In an announcement Jan. 4, Cisco and NXP said they are investing an unspecified amount of money into Cohda Wireless, which is already working on these kinds of safety systems, which allow communications from one vehicle to another or from one vehicle to a fixed location. What's at stake are car-to-car (C2C) and car-to-infrastructure (C2I) communications systems that could enable active safety systems in vehicles in about 81 percent of all crashes that typically occur, according to the partners. The idea is that by including such systems in modern vehicles, the technology could help reduce fatalities and injuries on the roads. Other benefits from systems that allow vehicles to "talk" to one another or to roadways and on-road safety devices (car-to-X) include "great potential for intelligent transport system (ITS) management and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles," according to Cisco.
"By allowing vehicles to reliably interact with each other when travelling at high-speeds, each vehicle can give drivers warnings about potential hazards and allow them to avoid accidents, or even automatically respond to changing driving conditions faster than typical human reaction times," the statement continued. "Warnings about traffic blockages ahead also allow early re-routing to avoid traffic congestion."