Ficosa launches hybrid V2X platform

Automotive industry systems and parts supplier Ficosa has used Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to unveil new connected car solutions.

The company is showcasing a new hybrid vehicle-to-everything (V2X) platform supporting short-range communication over both Wi-Fi and cellular technology.

The Bitax platform supports both DSRC and C-V2X communications over the same hardware platform, which Ficosa said represents an important step towards allowing the automotive industry to implement a single unique V2X platform worldwide.

Ficosa is also using the event to showcase its modular CarCom platform, which is designed to facilitate direct communication between vehicles and allow for support for the technologies that will represent the future of mobility, such as 5G and high-precision antenna positioning.

As part of the 5G Barcelona pilot program for the connected car, the company and consortium partners including Spanish operator Telefonica have demonstrated three use cases for a 5G connected vehicle incorporating C-V2X technology developed by Ficosa.

The first of the three assisted driving use cases in a real city environment involves a traffic light that can detect pedestrians at a zebra crossing and warn the vehicles of their presence.

The second involves a connected cycle that can detect when a cyclist is turning and warn cars around it to its location. The third involves a car detecting when it is stopped on the road with low visibility and automatically turning on its hazard lights and warning nearby vehicles in response.

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