Cisco and NXP invest in Cohda Wireless to advance intelligent transportation systems

Telecom Lead America: Cisco and NXP Semiconductors have invested in Cohda Wireless to advance intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and car-to-X communications.

Cohda’s technology enhances wireless communications to quality levels far beyond commercial off-the-shelf IEEE 802.11p transceivers, allowing cars to effectively see through obstacles or around corners.

NXP brings its software-defined radio platform and ensures industry-ready data security, cost efficiency, form factor, power consumption, and performance.

Cisco, NXP, and Cohda will develop a complete market-ready solution for the automotive and ITS industry.

NXP will exclusively license the Cohda 802.11p technology together with its chipsets as a one-stop shop to automotive customers. Cohda will be NXP’s preferred partner for automotive 802.11p reference designs.

“Our multi-standard software-defined radio is the ideal platform for C2X communication. Combined with Cohda’s wireless communication algorithms and Cisco’s network intelligence we will achieve the performance, system cost and compactness that car makers and tier-1 suppliers are asking for,” said Kurt Sievers, EVP / GM of the Automotive Business at NXP Semiconductors.

Cisco is helping the automotive and transportation systems industries deliver functionality, enhanced safety and driver experience. By incorporating an intelligent network, OEMs, suppliers, enterprises and consumers can benefit from intelligent transportation systems, connected commercial fleets and smart connected vehicles.

“The onboard solution is one element of an end-to-end architecture that integrates with Cisco’s offboard network infrastructure. Our ultimate aim is to bring about a safer, more enjoyable, and more productive travel experience, enabled by the network,” said Maciej Kranz, VP / GM of the Connected Industries Group at Cisco.

The combined technology will help to avoid traffic accidents, save lives and reduce CO2 emissions.

“We make Car-to-X work for the moving car. Our patented technology enhances radio reception; the car can see around corners or through obstacles when needed. Combining our special expertise in wireless automotive communication with that of long-established automotive companies like NXP and a global player like Cisco is a logical next step to further grow our reach into the automotive industry,” said Paul Gray, CEO of Cohda Wireless.

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