Ford C-V2X Technology Comes To Xi'an, Making Roads Safer And Less Congested

Ford China announced that its cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, or C-V2X, will be deployed in Xi’an as part of Ford’s partnership with NavInfo in supporting the intelligent transportation of Xi’an, the fourth city in Ford’s deployment map following Wuxi, Changsha, and Guangzhou. Ford is the first automobile company in China that has implemented the C-V2X technology in its production models with six models coming standard with C-V2X, enabling a safer and more efficient daily commute for Ford owners.

Xi’an, a hub city of the Belt and Road Initiative strategically located at the intersection of the north, south, east, and west, is one of the seven cities in China with more than 4 million cars. Ford mounts the systematic deployment of C-V2X in Xi’an as Ford sees C-V2X technology as a way to improve traffic efficiency and road safety and as an empowering factor for the intelligent transportation of a city.

Close to 100 intersections in Weiyang and Yanta districts are the first intersections equipped with the Ford C-V2X technology in Xi'an. Ford owners can experience the V2I features on more intersections in Xi’an with the C-V2X technology in the future, via over-the-air (OTA) updates.

NavInfo is Ford China’s key partner in Xi’an. With the expertise in HD mapping, digital engines, and big data platforms, NavInfo provides the technical support for a network communications mode of C-V2X technology, between connected vehicles, cloud platform and road infrastructure in Xi’an.

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) is a wireless communication technology that can “talk” and “listen” to similarly equipped vehicles (V2V), people (V2P), and traffic management infrastructure (V2I). such as traffic lights to relay important information about the road traffic ahead and complement the on-board sensors of these vehicles. It plays a key role in supporting traffic efficiency by helping make city mobility safer and less congested. Given the traffic conditions and drivers’ habits in Chinese cities, Ford China develops six V2I features that provide drivers with timely notifications such as green light optimized speed advisory (GLOSA), traffic light information, red light violation warnings and relevant road infrastructure details. For example, with GLOSA, drivers are reminded from the cluster to drive within a recommended speed range, so that they can avoid waiting at traffic lights, which saves fuel consumption and improves overall traffic efficiency.

As the first automobile company in China that has implemented C-V2X technology in its production models with the network communication mode, Ford is well-positioned to roll out the C-V2X technology ahead of the competition. Now Ford C-V2X technology has come standard with six production models, including the New Mondeo, All-new Ford F-150 Raptor, EVOS, Mustang Mach-E, the New Edge Plus, and All-New Ford Explorer, and is expected to expand the coverage in cities along with the momentum of intelligent transportation development in China.

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