AT&T, Delphi and Ford are developing a new capability to enhance Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) communications.

The platform is designed to help vehicles ‘talk’ to each other and smart cities infrastructure to improve safety and vehicle security, reduce traffic congestion, save money and protect the environment.

The research developed jointly by AT&T, Delphi and Ford, is designed to monitor traffic conditions and notify drivers across the AT&T LTE network to approaching vehicles. 

Some statistics noted by Delphi include:

. More than 35,000 people were killed and over 2m injured in 2015 – a 7% increase from 2014.
. Early indications are that fatalities continued to increase by over 10% in 2016.
. Total annual cost of gridlock will reach nearly US$2,000 per US household by 2020.
. Driver error accounts for 94% of crashes.
. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recognises the issue. It proposed requiring technologies in new vehicles allowing cars to ‘talk’ to each other to avoid crashes. Devices would use Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to transmit data, such as location, direction and speed to nearby vehicles.

Through the V2X platform, the nationwide AT&T LTE network would extend the range of DSRC communications. The platform uses the network to send notifications and updates for security credential management to each vehicle.

“We’re moving from today’s connected car to a fully autonomous vehicle,” said AT&T Internet of Things Solutions, Chris Penrose. “Our work with Delphi and Ford will deliver safer, more secure, cost-effective and efficient solutions to do this.”

The three companies collaborated on the Proof of Concept to demonstrate capability. Delphi developed the on-board V2X module, AT&T the software for the analytics platform and will provide the wireless connectivity. Ford unveiled in-car integration.