While the number of categories may increase, (after all, it is “everything”), currently, the “X” in V2X includes:
- Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I): In this sense, infrastructure stands for equipment installed along the roadside, such as smart utility poles or electronic toll collection solutions. These devices can be used to reduce jams and improve safety.
- Vehicle-to-network (V2N): The network is the cloud, through which the vehicle may access the services of data centers.
- Vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P): Since just about everyone has a smartphone, it may be possible for vehicles to connect with pedestrians and their mobile devices.
- Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V): V2V allows vehicles to communicate with each other, notify nearby vehicles when they accelerate or decelerate, share updates on traffic conditions, etc. V2V communication is especially important as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) advance to higher levels and true autonomous vehicles, colloquially known as "self-driving cars", hit the roads.
- Faster, more convenient travel: If drivers can be notified of traffic accidents or jams ahead of time, they will be able to find better routes. Ditto for self-driving cars.
- Better safety: Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians will all be safer if vehicles can benefit from V2X technology.
- Lower fuel consumption and a cleaner environment: Since V2X makes vehicular travel faster and more efficient, it will also cut down on fuel consumption, which will in turn reduce carbon emission and give us a cleaner environment.
The TCU is an ARM-based computing platform that supports Android or Linux OS. It combines highly integrated telematics technology with high-speed network interfaces to enable real-time communication between the vehicle and other devices. It also offers a wide range of I/O and expansion options that can be used with different sensors and peripheral modules. Its built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, E-compass and optional 5G, 4G/LTE, GNSS, etc., are suitable for different fields of application.
While the Telematics Module is smaller than the TCU, it still possesses most of the core functions. The fact it is an SBC means it can be installed in vehicles other than just motor vehicles. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR), which are essential for industrial automation and IIoT, can also benefit from V2X technology.
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