The Daimler-led simTD (Safe Intelligent Mobility – test field Germany) vehicle-to-X communication (V2X) project launched with 120 vehicles taking to the roads of the Rhine-Main region until the end of the year. Each car has a network link to the others, as well as to the traffic infrastructure, and they will keep each other updated about the current traffic situation. (Earlier post.)
The aim of the recently started field trial is to test the systems’ suitability for everyday use in real-life traffic conditions.
We are convinced that C2X (car-to-X) communication is going to play an important role in the mobility of the future.—simTD project leader Dr. Christian Weiß, who is in charge of cooperating systems at Daimler Research and Advance Development
Project simTD is a collaboration between German car makers, automotive suppliers, communications companies, research institutes and the public sector. The project is sponsored and supported by Germany’s Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Education and Research (BMBF), and Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), as well as the Federal State of Hessen.
Daimler is a founding member of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C CC) and is working towards a harmonization of this technology across Europe with the project DRIVE C2X. Daimler is also engaged in V2X communication research in the US. At its site in Palo Alto, California, it is fitting V2X systems to vehicles and carrying out tests.