Mercedes-Benz’ Car to X
Mercedes-Benz is to be the first automotive manufacturer to bring Car-to-X technology to series production vehicles by the end of this year
Enhanced safety and convenience: Mercedes-Benz customers become aware of hazardous locations sooner thanks to Car-to-X technology
BY GERRY MILES
A new development by Mercedes-Benz card, called “Intelligent Drive”, will alert drivers to hazards long before they reach them on the road in what is being called the Car-to-X technology.
M-B will bring Car-to-X technology about by the end of this year which will enable the exchange of information between individual vehicles as well as between vehicles and the traffic infrastructure.
According to Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “With the introduction of Car-to-X technology, we are once again reaffirming our tradition as a safety pioneer, and demonstrating that we are continuing to bring innovations to the roads with benefit for both our customers, and also other road users.
Car-to-X expands the telematic horizon
Car-to-X technology enables motorists to see around corners or beyond obstacles, helping to reduce the blind spots from which existing sensor systems suffer. The technology’s greatest potential lies in this expansion of the telematic horizon. “With Car-to-X communication we have made a base technology ready for the market which in the future will enable a new generation of driver assistance systems to be developed”, explains Prof. Dr. Weber. “Through the intelligent fusion of sensor data, we are able to obtain an extremely precise picture of the vehicles surrounding including areas further away from the vehicle – which also helps us with the further development of our autonomous driving functions.”
Car-to-X could also update traffic conditions, thereby improving traffic flow by alerting M-B motorists to bottlenecks before they get in one.
How does it work?
When messages are sent, the driver receives an advanced and the site is marked on a map. The driver can now slow down or exit when possible to avoid the situation. Benz also says its Car-to-X can warn at early stage wrong-way drivers or dangerous weather conditions.
Vehicles with Car-to-X communication can also transmit information on dangers to other road users, enhancing road safety.
For dangers which are not detected automatically, or which cannot yet be detected automatically, an efficient manual notification option has been created. At the press of a button, immobile vehicles or animals on the road, wrong-way drivers or shed loads can be notified via the Mercedes Cloud. This then sends a warning message to all vehicles fitted with Car-to-X technology which are in the vicinity of the hazardous location.
Mercedes-Benz is also working on full system integration of Car-to-X technology in future models to enable drivers and other road users to benefit from additional safety and convenience.
Pioneer of Car-to-X communication
Daimler spotted the tremendous potential of Car-to-X communication at an early stage and for decades has been a driving force behind the research and the development of this technology. The company therefore initiated research projects designed to create the necessary technology base and has been, and still is, involved in major projects around the world focusing on Car-to-X communication. As a founding member of the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium, Daimler is actively working on a Europe-wide standardised system for Car-to-X communication. And by acting as the project manager of a German and European field trial for the practical testing of Car-to-X communication, Daimler is also driving force behind the preparations for the market launch of Car-to-X systems.