Microsoft and IAV are demonstrating V2x connectivity between cars and infrastructure combined with predictive analysis to improve road safety.
IAV Automotive Engineering are at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 taking place this week in Las Vegas with its Connected Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) vehicle, the result of a collaboration between the technology company and software gian Microsoft. Using Windows 10 and the Microsoft Azure cloud, CHAD is able to communicate across the Internet of Things (IoT) for a safer and more convenient experience for the vehicle occupants.
Outside the world of Information Technology, the cloud and the IoT may have seemed just vague notions that describe a mass of objects somehow communicating with each other using an unseen and indistinct infrastructure but with such technologies reaching mass consumers in so many different ways, they are now part of the everyday life of most people.
IoT and the cloud are having a particularly impressive impact on vehicle technology both in terms of the general connected world and more specifically on the ability to move around more safely, and in this respect CHAD is no exception.
Using Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity, CHAD is able to gather data from its surroundings and deliver appropriate services as well as improving safety through the anticipation of hazards.
V2x technology relates to the communication of information between the vehicle and other vehicles, infrastructure such as traffic signals or road signs or roadside devices providing information such as temperature. V2X technology can also obtain information from the cloud, an entity for the storage and processing of data from billions of sources.
It’s in the use of the cloud that CHAD has distinguished itself on the smartness scale and this has been achieved with the IAV collaboration with Microsoft.
The example being demonstrated at CES uses wearable technology worn by a pedestrian who is concealed from the vehicle by insfrastructure and smart cars. By beaming its position into the cloud via the roadside infrastructure and having that data analysed using Cortana Analytics for predictive hazard modelling, the vehicle will receive a V2x warning of an impending hazard, enabling the driver to take corrective or evasive action.
The companies are also developing driver productivity tools that provide more freedom in undertaking tasks in highly automated driving conditions, with the focus on being able to achieve this without compromising on safety. Commenting on this aspect of the two companies’ developments, Microsoft’s executive vice president for business development, Peggy Johnson said, “It’s critical to develop mobility systems that help keep everyone safe on the road – and in this case, by accurately and quickly relaying information about a vehicle’s surroundings to the driver.”
CHAD is one of many such vehicles that IAV has developed and which are currently deployed to demonstrate the current state of this future technology both in Europe and in the USA. These vehicles have have already covered more than 43,000 miles (70,000 km) on the road almost without any intervention from the driver. Its next development step consists of continually working to perfect V2X communication to seamlessly interconnect vehicles with each other and their surroundings.
Commenting on this partnership with Microsfoft, IAV’s Andy Ridgway said, “We have made great strides to date with our CHAD vehicle and are thrilled to have recently had the opportunity to partner with Microsoft to develop this technology which is vital to achieving the future of safe mobility.”