“It’s the same chipset, the same technology,” says Praveen Singh director (pictured), business development, at Qualcomm. “We’re trying to bring VRUs to the same safety standard as cars. A lot of car manufacturers are interested in the technology, they’re keen to see how this would work for them.”
Recent statistics regarding road deaths in the US have been sobering – despite reduced vehicle miles travelled during the Covid pandemic, fatalities actually rose. “VRU fatalities are increasing at a faster pace,” says Singh. He believes the rise in popularity of high-speed electric bikes also creates potential vulnerabilities. “We’re working with the bike OEMs to eventually integrate V2X tech into bikes,” Singh said. “Also there is a huge aftermarket for accessories.”
Cyclists wear reflective clothing and flashing lights, and Qualcomm’s solution will create even more visibility, says Singh: “We’re providing a wireless signal that can be seen across trees and buildings.”
The solution is expected to be out in the second half of 2022.