Day: October 8, 2021

ITS World Congress: V2X, protecting vulnerable road users, and e-bikes

The ITS World Congress is one of the biggest events in smart mobility and the digitalization of transport, with key players in the ecosystem from car OEMs and automotive tier one companies, as well as transport groups and government representatives. Chip companies are also a key part of this, and one of them, NXP Semiconductors is showcasing, along with its partners, various safety scenarios enabled by vehicle-to-vehicle communication (vehicle-to-X or V2X).

One of the scenarios presented is in conjunction with premium e-bike manufacturer, Riese & Müller, highlighting how to better protect vulnerable road users using V2X and help prevent traffic accidents. The e-bike uses NXP’s V2X technology based on 802.11p, a communication standard also known as DSRC (dedicated short-range communication). Optimized for automobiles, 802.11p allows vehicles, road infrastructure and other road users to exchange information in real time.

The need for deploying such technology is evident from road accident

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Voice-Powered Systems Streamline In-Car Payments

Voice assistants in cars are becoming more like co-drivers, said Christophe Couvreur, vice president, product at Cerence. They’re not only responding to commands, but are also understanding common language and offering solutions. 

Couvreur has been in the midst of these changes for years, as Cerence’s core business is speech technologies and other artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for the automotive industry. It supplies these to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier-1 suppliers of equipment that gets into the car. 

“Wider data connectivity will allow the car to behave in a much smarter way, assisting the driver in a much smarter way,” Couvreur told PYMNTS. 

In recent weeks, Cerence has expanded its work with additional manufacturers, including Audi, where it will power the in-car assistant platform for the new Audi e-tron GT and Audi Q4 e-tron. 

Cerence Pay, the company’s voice-powered, in-car payment product, is available and has been supplied

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