Qualcomm supplies C-V2X tech for deployment in Hawaii

Applied Information will bring Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology to Honolulu using technologies developed by Qualcomm Technologies. They’re also working with the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the University of Hawaii College of Engineering to extend the deployment across the entire state.

C-V2X and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) have been duking it out for dominance in the 5.9 GHz band, with C-V2X being the newer kid on the block. Applied Information is playing in both, with Dual-Mode/Dual-Active technology that enables both DSRC and C-V2X radios to communicate simultaneously.

To be clear, the deployment announced today in Hawaii is C-V2X. As part of the program, the organizations will test several connected vehicle applications in real time and in day-to-day traffic using a V2X-enabled interconnected traffic control system program administered by the Hawaii DOT and the University of Hawaii College of Engineering.

According to a press release, Applied Information roadside units (RSU), supplied by its partner Goldwings Supply Service, will provide connectivity between the traffic signals and roadway users and use the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X platform.

The project is operating under an experimental license granted by the FCC for a 5-mile segment of the Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard arterials in Honolulu. The area includes about 34 traffic signals.

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The applications to be deployed include Red Light Violation Warning, Pedestrian and Cyclist Collision Warnings, Emergency Vehicle Preemption, Transit Signal Priority, Traffic Queue Warning, the TravelSafely smartphone app and Signal-Phase and Timing (SPAT).

“This C-V2X program introduces the potential to greatly reduce collisions and improve mobility at high-traffic intersections across Honolulu,” said Jim Misener, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, in a statement. “In the short term, emergency responders and transit are beneficiaries, but over the longer term all road users could benefit from C-V2X. This work with Applied Information and the Hawaii DOT demonstrates the commercial maturity and sophistication of C-V2X technologies, and create momentum for further introductions of C-V2X technology on roadways across Hawaii and the mainland U.S.”

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Applied Information said the connectivity provided by its solution enables transport infrastructure to communicate with any cloud-connected or C-V2X enabled vehicle or device.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation recently was awarded a $6.85 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for its Implementing Cellular V2X Technology to Improve Safety and ITS Management project. The project will deploy intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies statewide and consists of the installation and operation of a cellular-based V2X system for all traffic devices throughout the state.