Telangana is ready for real-time V2X testing.

The Suzuki Group-Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad collaborative research project promises safer, smoother driving with rapid alerts on jaywalkers while interacting with traffic signals, with the Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) offering to warn cars on obstructions that cameras and radars can't capture.

According to Tarun Agarwal, executive director -Research and Development (R&D) at Maruti Suzuki, the key advantage of this V2X communication technology is that it can connect a Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P), Vehicle-to-Network (V2N), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) even when they are not visible, such as when they are around the corner or if there is another car or building in between.

Agarwal stated that while V2X technology works over shorter distances of about 1km and uses a frequency band of 55 MHz-59.25MHz, a real-life scenario is still many years away because it would require a complete ecosystem of appropriate telecom infrastructure, road infrastructure, traffic management systems and rules, as well as driver education, among other things.

He stated that the initial phase would be the development of use cases, followed by the installation of an alarm or alert system for the driver, and finally sophisticated driver support systems. V2X is a futuristic technology that is emerging and being created, tested, and examined even in advanced nations such as Europe and Japan, he stated.

Prototype cars outfitted with V2X devices manufactured by United state (US)-based firms like as Soar Robotics and with software and hardware assistance from Capgemini. Oxford University, Boinc, and Max Planck are among the other collaborators.

Telangana Industries and Information Technology Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan stated that as the experiment began in Hyderabad, the Telangana government would be happy to assist them in conducting an actual real-world trial over a period of 3-6 months in one of the city streets, where about 100 regular commuters, pedestrians, and even hospital ambulances can be motivated to volunteer to carry these V2X devices during their commute. "We need to reproduce it on a real neighborhood with real people to demonstrate belief that this is a significant endeavor," Ranjan added.

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