Codha Wireless, an Australian firm specialising in connected vehicle technologies, is set to supply Cadillac with its ‘Vehicle to Everything’ (or V2X) communications technology allowing the 2017 Cadillac CTS to communicate with the vehicles and infrastructure around it.
The world-first deal with General Motors' luxury arm will see the South Australian firm supplying Cadillac with the components that will become key safety features going forward, with systems that allow vehicles to observe and report their surrounding conditions, alerting drivers to potential hazards such as crashes, breakdowns or traffic jams before they reach the site of a problem.
Codha’s Dedicated Short Range Communications equipment will be used to augment existing systems by informing drivers of problems beyond their field of vision.
Cohda Wireless chief executive Paul Gray says the systems set to be installed in the 2017 Cadillac CTS represent a cutting-edge development.
"This is now the benchmark that other production cars will be judged against when it comes to technology and safety," he says.
"Our DSRC technology allows the driver to know what's going on with other vehicles that may be speeding, braking hard, broken down or navigating slippery road conditions.
"By providing advance notice of the hazard, the driver has time to avoid it by changing lanes or slowing down."
Cadillac's Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications technology is capable of providing information about a vehicle’s speed, location, and surrounding traffic conditions over distances of around 300 metres.
Communication between cars and their surrounding infrastructure represents a key stepping stone for the road to self-driving vehicles with the potential to prevent crashes before they occur by providing information about ‘trouble spots’ and guiding other road users around them.
The system is capable of processing 1,000 messages per second from vehicles hundreds of metres away. Cadillac says that "when a car approaches an urban intersection, the technology scans the vicinity for other vehicles and tracks their positions, directions and speeds, warning the driver of potential hazards that might otherwise be invisible".
Richard Brekus, global director of product strategy for the brand, says the technology holds "tremendous potential" as connected vehicles hit the road in growing numbers.
Codha's contribution as a systems supplier to the global car industry could pave the way for other Australian tech firms to play a role in future vehicle development as part of Australia's transition away from automotive manufacturing.