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V2X has reached major milestones at ITS World Congress

Published October 21, 2021

The 2021 ITS World Congress in Hamburg marked the largest event of the intelligent transport industry after the pandemic. It was great to see that the ITS community is at its full strength in innovations. The Messe halls were packed full of vehicle-to-everything solutions, and several exhibitors even held live demos on the streets of Hamburg with V2X, showing the importance and accelerating the adoption of the technology.

V2X achieves a major milestone as Austria and Germany allows communication between cars and infrastructure

Representatives of cities were looking for vulnerable road user (VRU) safety solutions, and many visitors watched our demonstrations about it. We set up a virtual pedestrian crossing at the Commsignia booth, where we solved pedestrian detection in two ways: with a smart camera and ultra-wideband positioning. These sensors were integrated to our roadside unit to broadcast warnings with V2X technology to both drivers and pedestrians. Protection of cyclists was also a popular topic, highlighting the growing popularity of micromobility worldwide. 

Ebikes, scooters and other forms of personal transportation are clearly becoming part of V2X. 

We saw the growing presence of telecom companies in ITS, they are boosting the whole V2X ecosystem, and the industry explores the benefits and challenges of 5G. The V2X infrastructure is evolving at both ends of the communications network. Traditional vendors have introduced Edge computing tools to bring data processing closer to the roads. On the other hand, centralised solutions are coming up as well, again, with a focus on data utilization. Commsignia Central, our Device & Data Manager Platform for managing V2X devices, visualizing data and setting up the broadcasted V2X messages was presented on Qualcomm’s booth at the World Congress.

Everyone is talking about the monetization of traffic data, and it’s not just a case of doing it just because we can. All eyes are on the public benefits, to solve real traffic efficiency and safety issues.

Commsignia Central also debuted at the ITSWC 2021

The record-setting ITSWC 2021 in Hamburg has shown that the ongoing digitization of transport infrastructure is taking place on an increasing scale. At the same time, urban traffic is changing globally, with electric, shared and increasingly diverse modes of transport gaining ground. Some things will not change though: there is a huge need for efficient traffic management, safety solutions, and Commsignia provides countless solutions for both.