Electronics and Semiconductors

Harman tests how 5G can help improve vehicle safety at CES 2020

07 January 2020

Harman has unveiled a new advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that uses 5G networks to power vehicle-to-pedestrian systems for new in-car experiences.

Vehicle-to-pedestrian works on 5G peer-to-peer signals to identify objects in a car’s path through proximity scanning. With a cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X)-enabled mobile device, pedestrians or cyclists will receive an alert that a vehicle is entering the path so they can be aware of potentially dangerous situations and respond accordingly.

“With well over one million deaths reported every year, road fatalities are a global public safety imperative,” said Mike Peters, president of Harman’s connected car. “Creating technologies that help prevent the injury of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists is absolutely paramount. By introducing 5G technology to the car in a way that is both meaningful and practical, Vehicle to Pedestrian is an exciting innovation that will make our roads safer — and also has the potential to save lives.”

Harman said the ADAS is one of a few safety enhancements enabled by V2X technology, which is defining the peer-to-peer communications protocols for situational awareness between vehicles. As 5G technology matures, this type of system creates new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers and for road infrastructure and control systems as well as low visibility road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, the company said.

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