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【Summary】From 2019, Volkswagen will sell cars with pWLAN (Public Wireless Local Area Network) technology which will enable the cars to communicate with each other and transport infrastructure systems thereby, sharing information on traffic, road accidents, road blockages and other events.

Original Eric Walz    Jun 29, 2017 1:11 PM PT
Volkswagen's New Cars Will Communicate With Each Other

From 2019, Volkswagen will sell cars with pWLAN (Public Wireless Local Area Network) technology which will enable the cars to communicate with each other and transport infrastructure systems thereby, sharing information on traffic, road accidents, road blockages and other events.

The company has announced that from 2019, some of its models will be fitted with pWLAN. This will serve as an additional communication technology which will allow the cars to communicate with each other (V2V) and exchange information related to traffic, routes or road blocks. The communication will be between cars and between cars and transport infrastructure as well. Volkswagen says that the range of communication will be approximately 500 meters.

The technology used by Volkswagen is based on the IEEE 802.11p (pWLAN) standard, which the automotive industry has standardized and tested for direct, non-proprietary inter-vehicle communication as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure and in international markets.

Using this technology, specially developed and validated for the requirements of automotive applications, it is possible to share information about the current traffic situation, warnings or even sensor data with the local environment within a few milliseconds. This extends the vehicle's coverage by several hundred meters, virtually making it possible to look round the corner by being alerted to an unseen problem ahead.

"We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology", explains Johannes Neft, Head of Vehicle Body Development for the Volkswagen brand. "What matters most is that the technology is used consistently, and by as many manufacturers and partners as possible."

The company is also trying to co-operate with other authorities such as Ministry of Transport, and others so that the technology will be incorporated soon in all production models. Volkswagen is also working on ways to protect the personal data of customers in cars equipped with pWLAN.

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