Pushing the Boundaries With Smart Mobility

By Rob GrayAugust 18, 2016

NXP, recently demonstrated its cutting edge technology for smart mobility from its FTF Technology Forum, held in Austin, Texas, in May. Marking the event, NXP, now a part of the Smart City Challenge initiated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, hosted a live demo in the city of Austin to give a real-life experience of its smart mobility communications, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), together known as the “V2X”. The technology is expected to dramatically change the transport system by tightening road safety, reducing CO2 emissions, and smoothening the flow of traffic.

“Together with Siemens, Cohda and Electric Cab of Austin, we are showing how V2X and other connected technologies are set to change the face of our cities as we know them – helping to make them more efficient, cleaner and less congested,” said Lars Reger, CTO of NXP’s Automotive Business. “Austin, with its reputation as one of the smartest cities in the U.S., is the ideal location for providing a glimpse of these future advancements. Self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors are positioned to become fundamental parts of transportation networks, and NXP has the technologies to make this a reality.”

The Awe-Inspiring Features of NXP’s Smart Mobility, V2X

V2X is intended to ensure safe and secure mobility by connecting cars with other vehicles and infrastructure. The technology, designed also to improve safety, allows a driver to “see around corners”, enabling them to see through obstacles that are beyond the line of sight. At its FTF Technology Forum, NXP, in association with the Electric Cab of Austin, organized test drives to give attendees a live experience of how V2X works in real-time traffic situations.

These test drives revealed some of smart mobility's shockingly unbelievable technology features. For example, attendees observed how V2X was capable of detecting a child walking from school with a RFID tag on their backpack as a susceptible pedestrian, triggering caution signals on the dashboards of approaching vehicles.  Additionally, V2X was also seen to perform tasks like automatically turning the signal green according to real-time traffic conditions, and routing vehicles in alternative lanes in the case of a roadblock.  

Application Areas of NXP’s Smart Mobility Solution

NXP’S smart mobility, based on advanced connectivity technology, has a diversified field of applications, including:

“With the average urban commuter stuck in traffic an estimated 38 hours every year, a wasted 1.9 billion gallons of fuel annually, and a growing population putting stress on our systems, the most important way to tackle the challenges the transportation industry faces is to build smarter infrastructure with intelligent technologies,” said Marcus Welz, President of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems. “Siemens has been leading the way in Connected Vehicle technologies, and after close to 10 years of test pilots and early adaptor projects, we’re pleased to demonstrate this technology with NXP in another real-world traffic setting to increase safety, comfort, and efficiency for road users in Austin.”  

This article is part 4 of the 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.