Vehicle-to-Everything Communication is an overlooked and misunderstood feature essential to any functioning vehicle. Experts in the industry believe that further development of this technology will eventually make the roads even safer. But that doesn’t immediately explain how the process works.
The process is admittedly complex, but the benefits are essential to maintaining a safe car and driving history. This is critical when one considers the sheer number of vehicles on the road at any given time.
Vehicle-to-Everything Communication (also known as V2X) incorporates any entity affecting or affected by the vehicle. That’s a complicated way of saying that it collects all relevant data – from the car itself to any external inputs.
As the name itself implies, V2X is a communication system. It connects the vast array of vehicle sensors within a car with all of the other data sources a vehicle may be receiving at any given time.
It’s somewhat easier to picture the inner communication side of V2X. After all – we’ve gotten used to seeing alerts from modern technology when updates are needed. This is merely one step further.
The external features of V2X cross the line into science fiction for many. While car manufacturers haven’t quite perfected the technology, the goal remains the same. To increase safety through extensive communication.
These external outputs are called vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I). V2V would allow for vehicles to communicate with each other – everything from location data to speed. Meanwhile, V2I would be all other external entities, such as traffic lights, obstructions and obstacles on the road (pedestrians, bikes, etc.), and even parking spaces.
Safety In Mind
The ultimate goal of V2X Communication, as mentioned above, is to make the roads safer for all. By allowing your car to identify other vehicles and road obstructions automatically, manufacturers set up drivers with the best safety features around.
Think about it – people have already seen the benefit of accident prevention technology. We have cars that automatically slow down when sensors pick up an obstacle in the vehicle’s path. This is merely the natural extension of that technology by taking advantage of every available input on the road.