Israeli startup Autotalks launches global V2X chipset with DSRC, C-V2X

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Autotalks’ PC5 solution uses the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network-agnostic. (Pixabay)

It’s no secret that Israeli startup Autotalks prefers a hybrid model for the connected car that involves both DSRC and cellular. Now the company has announced the launch of its Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) chipset that's capable of supporting both dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and cellular’s C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications.

Using the PC5 protocol, the chipset supports DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and the 3GPP specifications for C-V2X. The term V2X is the catch-all that includes both DSRC and C-V2X, which have been competing for mindshare. DSRC is the incumbent technology, but C-V2X proponents say it’s more modern and practical; each are attracting the backing of different auto manufacturers.

While DSRC-based V2X is deployed to some extent in the U.S., Europe and, most notably, Japan, C-V2X is gaining momentum in other regions, according to Autotalks. Its chipsets were designed from the ground up to meet V2X market requirements and standards, which gives its C-V2X offering a head start to meet security environmental, quality, thermal and other requirements, the company says.

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“Autotalks is proud to announce that its existing 2nd generation chipset can now support PC5,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks, in a statement. “It is a revolutionary stride proving Autotalks’ market leadership. This demonstrates that a truly secure global V2X solution could have only been developed by a company that has multidisciplinary experience in creating Automotive safety communication solutions. We are committed to staying forward thinkers and bringing to mass-market a V2X solution that will save lives in all regions and protocols in the most cost-efficient manner.”

The company explained that its solution minimizes development, testing and certification efforts for a V2X system to be deployed anywhere, via a software-defined toggle between V2X technologies.

Autotalks’ PC5 solution uses the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum for V2X and is cellular network-agnostic—no cellular SIM or coverage required; it works with or without any 3G/4G/5G cellular modem.

RELATED: Qualcomm completes C-V2X multichipset vendor interoperability test in China

Last month, Qualcomm Technologies announced that it completed the first successful multichipset vendor interoperability test of LTE-V2X with the Datang Telecom Group, also known as China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT).

That test involved 3GPP Release 14 C-V2X direct communications Mode 4 at a Qualcomm laboratory in Beijing and used the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution and Datang’s LTE-V2X module, the DMD31. Qualcomm at the time said it represented the maturing state of C-V2X radio technology and applications to improve automotive safety, automated driving and traffic efficiency.