NTU and NXP to develop Vehicle-to-Everything technology


12 April 2015
Intelligent V2X system

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has announced a S$22 million collaboration with Dutch company NXP Semiconductors to develop a high-tech living test bed for smart cars and traffic systems.

Located at the NTU campus, the new NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed will test and develop new technologies for vehicles to communicate with each other and with designated roadside infrastructures.

Known as V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) technology, the system is said to improve road safety and traffic flow by giving drivers advanced warning of upcoming hazards such as dangerous road conditions, unexpected traffic jams, approaching emergency vehicles or road works, long before such hazards enter the drivers’ field of vision or become detectable by other Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensors.

Supported by Singapore Economic Development Board, the new campus-wide test bed will involve 100 vehicles and 50 roadside units to research V2X technologies over the next four years.

“This partnership with NXP is another big step forward in the transformation of the NTU campus, as the university continues to develop next generation technologies that will contribute to Singapore’s smart mobility eco-system and network,” said Professor Lam, NTU chief of staff.

According to NXP, more roads, tunnels, or overpasses will not solve the traffic challenges in global megacities in the long run.

"What we need is more intelligent transport systems,” said Drue Freeman, senior vice president of global automotive sales & marketing at NXP. “Wireless communication technologies like V2X will bring significant benefits to society, saving lives by avoiding road traffic accidents as well as limiting congestion, travel time and CO2 emissions."

With this joint initiative with NTU and other leading industry partners, we are embracing an opportunity to make the secure, smart connected city a reality sooner and bring Singapore to the forefront of smart mobility innovation, he said.

In a V2X demonstration held at NTU, three connected cars were shown to interact directly with one another and exploit real-time data from each other and the roadside infrastructure.

NTU-NXP said the intelligent V2X system is capable of wirelessly collecting and analysing data from other vehicles and the surrounding smart infrastructure over a distance of up to two kilometres, which will be required to enable widespread adoption of fully autonomous driving.

The NTU-NXP joint initiative will focus on various core areas critical to the real world adoption of V2X, which will include enhancement of V2X communications to ensure maximum reliability and security against potential cyber threats, essential for ensuring the safety of passengers as well as protecting drivers’ personal data.

In addition, NXP and NTU said high-tech companies, research organisations, academia and government agencies will be invited to participate in this test bed to build a Smart Mobility Consortium.

The proposed consortium, according to NXP and NTU, is aimed at researching and testing secure, smart connectivity and mobility solutions that can improve the traffic flow in cities, avoid road accidents, and enhance the user experience for mobility services.