Autotalks, Afusoft bring V2X to the Autobahn

Autotalks, Afusoft bring V2X to the Autobahn

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The deployment of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) road side units is aimed at saving lives on Germany’s federal highway and motorways. Such intelligent traffic control systems will also allow smoother and safer journeys.

V2X communication solutions provider Autotalks is collaborating with traffic information systems expert Afusoft Kommunikationstechnik GmbH to implement the first fully functional V2X deployment in Germany. The project is aimed at saving lives in the federal highway system, the Autobahn, as well as in other motorways. Besides increasing road safety, V2X powered intelligent traffic control systems is expected to allow smoother and safer journeys on the roads.

As part of the long-term collaboration between the two companies, the Autobahn administration will install Afusoft’s Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) Roadside Units (RSUs) equipped with Autotalks’ V2X chipsets. 2000 RSUs of various types are currently deployed in towns and motorways. At least 150 will be installed on the Autobahn in the upcoming months for the first batch, with plans for thousands more to be deployed in the near future.

Until now, during road works or winter road service, traffic has been diverted with an arrow-shaped light signal on a service vehicle. Thanks to the V2X-powered C-ITS technology, drivers will get alerts on the works in real time, a kilometer in advance, to ensure the safety of the car occupants and the road service teams. The technology can help prevent accidents, especially in bad weather and on a fast-moving road, the proponents promise.

Additionally, the Autotalks-Afusoft collaboration will enable to provide fire brigade related alerts. An emergency vehicle can request a priority signal from Afusoft’s RSU when approaching an intersection. That allows the fire brigade vehicle to drive through the intersection at a green light without stopping, resulting in increased safety, punctuality, and lower carbon emissions.

“After years of fruitful collaboration, it is wonderful to reach such an important and historic milestone together with Afusoft. Being chosen to power the first V2X devices on German highways is a substantial step towards widespread deployment.” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “In addition to our momentum in China and Korea, we expect to keep playing a key role in deploying lifesaving V2X solutions in Germany and in other European countries.”

“Afusoft is exceedingly happy to have established a successful long-term relationship with Autotalks,” said Prof. Erich H. Franke, CEO of Afusoft. “Our European customers value the high quality and reliability of our products, in which Autotalks chipsets play an important role.”


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