Qualcomm Inc. plans to introduce a chip that will help orient self-driving vehicles to their environments. The business describes its model 9150 chip as a C-V2X product — shorthand for cellular vehicle to everything.
The chip will be available next year.
“C-V2X is expected to support safer roads, increase productivity and decrease traffic congestion,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, in a prepared statement.
Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) also said in a Sept. 1 announcement that it issued a reference design so automakers can integrate the 9150 C-V2X chip into their products. The chip will be able to determine location with GPS or similar global satellite navigation systems, and will work together with an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems V2X stack. Operating on a cellular connection as well as the separate 5.9-gigahertz radio band, vehicles will reportedly be able to discern other vehicles, parts of the infrastructure as well as pedestrians. In addition, vehicles will be able to detect objects outside of the line of sight.
Qualcomm said it plans to distribute samples of its 9150 chip by the second half of 2018.