NXP Semiconductors and Cohda Wireless have signed a 'CAR 2 CAR' Communication Consortium Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The memorandum aims at implementing and deploying harmonised technology for wireless communication between cars, or between cars and traffic infrastructure, in Europe.

NXP and Cohda, a specialist in wireless communication for automotive safety applications, claim they are the first automotive electronics suppliers to sign the MoU, following 12 major car manufacturers in October last year.

In addition, NXP and Cohda have announced the introduction of RoadLINK as their new technology brand for marketing a total Car-to-X (C2X) communication and security solution for on-board units and road-side units in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Automotive-ready modules based on RoadLINK are currently being developed by companies including Lesswire in Germany. A specialist for automotive wireless networking, Lesswire has unveiled a C2X module which supports the introduction of automotive applications from 2015 onwards, as planned by the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium.

The overall objective of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium is to implement and deploy cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, a network in which communication partners, such as vehicles, traffic infrastructure, and service providers, wirelessly exchange information.

This will be the basis for achieving new levels of traffic safety and improving traffic efficiency on European roads.

The consortium is pushing for global harmonisation of Car-to-Car (C2C) and Car-to-Infrastructure (C2I) communication standards, recognising the need to adapt software to the regional characteristics of the US, European and Japanese markets.

"We are pleased to have NXP sign the memorandum," said general manager, CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium general manager, Soren Hess.

"The fact NXP, as a major driver of secure connected mobility solutions, has designed [the] first automotive-ready products for C2X, is a major step in the consortium's plans of making car-to-car communication on European roads a reality from 2015 onwards."