Florida and Colorado to deploy Autotalks and Yunex Traffic V2X solution

Autotalks, a global provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, announced that it is collaborating with Yunex Traffic to deploy V2X technology in the United States. As part of the collaboration, the two companies will install Yunex Traffic’s RSU2X, powerful connected vehicle Roadside Units (RSUs) equipped with Autotalks’ V2X chipsets in Florida and Colorado.

The RSUs will allow vehicles and infrastructure to communicate with each other to provide improved safety and efficiency across all forms of mobility including public transportation, cars, trucks, bicycles and even pedestrians. They come with significant built-in V2X capability and are currently set for multiple uses including bus and emergency vehicle prioritization as well as detection of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

The announcement comes after the U.S. Government stated it would allocate $6.4 billion over five years to fund projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a budget which will also help support V2X infrastructure projects.

Yunex Traffic’s RSU2X roadside will be used across the Colorado Department of Transportation’s roadway network and in Florida by the city of Tampa, on Florida’s Turnpike, and on Interstate 4 (I-4). The RSU2X is also a crucial element of pilots and tests with the Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority in its nationally recognized Connected Vehicle Pilot (THEA CV Pilot). While some tests and deployments are already underway, a majority of the installations will take place between fall 2022 and spring 2023.

The advanced and robust RSU2X units powered by Autotalks’ technology can be used to connect highways, roads, and bike lanes. They constitute a key enabler for C-ITS and Connected Roads applications, bringing more adaptive safety traffic management solutions to the market now and enabling safer autonomous driving in the future. The RSU2X units will be complemented by Yunex Traffic’s new deployment-ready OBU2X On-Board Unit (OBU) for the aftermarket, also based on Autotalks’ chipsets.

The Yunex Traffic RSU2X is the central interface for wireless communication between roadside infrastructure and Onboard Units. The bidirectional communication via the RSU enables both the transmission of information like speed limits, and the reception of Onboard messages like pedestrian warnings, all in real time. The RSU2X provides key data for a more precise picture of the current traffic situation, enabling more efficient traffic control, a significant reduction in traffic crashes, and an even greater cut in emissions.

“The deployment of our V2X solutions in Florida and Colorado through the partnership with Yunex Traffic marks another milestone in our business momentum and brings our infiltration into the U.S. market to the next level,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “The new collaboration comes at a time when the selection of C-V2X instead of DSRC as the preferred V2X technology in the U.S. is finalized. The V2X solutions we and Yunex Traffic are offering meet the regulations and provide certainty for deployment.”

Zyss added: “The U.S. dedicated a $6.4 billion budget to carbon emission reduction, and V2X infrastructure plays an important role in that. Decision makers should make sure that all new roads will be connected roads.”

Autotalks unveiled a V2X safety device for bikes and scooters

Autotalks, a V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions provider, announces the immediate availability of ZooZ 2, the second generation of its V2X device for micro-mobility, both electric and non-electric. This technologically advanced yet affordable device was created to prevent bike and scooter accidents.

Four bike and component companies will soon launch ZooZ 2 pilots, and two vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) are about to start validation tests of the new solution. The device was successfully used to demonstrate the protection of vulnerable road users as part of the Project SECUR (Safety Enhancement through Connected Users on the Road), a European industrial consortium which develops a proposal for V2X testing and assessment protocols for the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The new solution operates in both DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) V2X and C-V2X communications technologies.

The ZooZ 2 solution is a compact V2X device, which is installed on the handlebar. It alerts the cyclist when a vehicle equipped with V2X is endangering him or her. It also informs V2X-equipped vehicles and smart infrastructure about the existence of the cyclist, for alerting a driver on endangering a cyclist.

The plug & play device is equipped with a software stack provided by V2X software provider Commsignia. Commsignia’s high-quality V2X software is interoperable with any standard V2X equipment globally.

The new device upgrades the first-generation ZooZ platform based on market feedback. The upgrades include a clearer Human Machine Interface (HMI), improved alerts to riders and better installation flexibility. The solution will also enable all road-users, including cars, bikers, scooters, motorcycles, and pedestrians, to communicate with each other through V2X and form a safety network. The device allows micro-mobility OEMs as well as light vehicle and commercial vehicle OEMs to immediately start testing, validating, and designing solutions for one of the most dangerous micro-mobility scenarios – accidents at intersections.

According to statistics from the UK, almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction, with T-junctions being the most commonly involved. The research also found that roundabouts are particularly dangerous junctions for cyclists.

Last week, Autotalks presented the ZooZ 2 device at the Velo-City Conference, the world cycling summit, which took place between June 14th and June 17th, 2022, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

“Autotalks regards all road accidents as preventable, and those accidents involving bikes and scooters deserve special attention,” said Onn Haran, founder and CTO of Autotalks, and the inventor of the world’s first V2X chipset. “Add this to the fact the V2X is the best relevant safety technology, our pioneering V2X capabilities and Commsignia’s leading V2X stack, and you get ZooZ 2, which has the potential to eliminate road accidents involving two-wheelers at intersections. We’re committed to making our new micro-mobility safety device available immediately in order to save the lives of two-wheeler riders around the globe.”

“V2X has the power to make the invisible visible, and we are excited to leverage this capability of our technology to make roads safer for bikers. Our longtime partnership with Autotalks has already resulted in great projects, and once again we are happy to contribute to the ZooZ device with our V2X software expertise. Micromobility is on the rise, and this cooperation is a great example to showcase how V2X technology can protect all participants of the traffic,” said Szabolcs Patay, CRO of Commsignia.

“We meet Qualcomm in every tender”

Above: Autotalks Founder and CTO Onn Haran (right) and CEO Hagai Zyss. Credit: Techtime

Autotalks has reached the same interim stage many developers for the automotive industry find themselves in: waiting for their new technologies to reach mass production. This exciting stage is evidenced in the company’s announcement that its orders backlog has grown to approximately $200 million, even though, according to CEO Hagai Zyss, “We are not at the mass production stage as of yet.”

Israel-based Autotalks is widely considered the first company to develop Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) chipsets, enabling communication between vehicles, other road users, and traffic infrastructure. It was also the first company to integrate DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications) technology and the competing C-V2X (cellular V2X) technology on a single chipset. To date, it’s the only company in the world that provides chipsets that use both technologies, and its designs have received awards from six large automakers.

Pioneer of the Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) market

Autotalks was founded in 2008 and, to date, has raised $130 million. In an interview with Techtime, the Founder and CTO Onn Haran and CEO Hagai Zyss discussed what the competition in the Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) sector looks like, the target gate for the global industry, and where, in his opinion, the greatest potential of the new market lies (hint: it’s not cars).  “The automotive industry has exhausted its ability to enhance vehicle safety. Consequently, this has fueled the need for a radical change, which only V2X can provide,” says Onn Haran.

“Electronic safety sensors, such as Mobileye, can detect basic driver mistakes but aren’t doing enough to really transform the industry. Only V2X technology can make a major difference in road safety since it is the only sensor that can detect dangers not merely in line of sight.” Haran and Zyss first met during their military service.

Later, Haran worked at Texas Instruments and was CTO at Passave, while Zyss joined EZchip Semiconductors and Ceragon, where he was deputy CEO. In 2008, Haran discovered that the deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies was well underway in Japan, subsequently influencing the founding model of Autotalks. The company’s first prototype was deployed in 2010 on an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) which saw the company win its first tender in Japan.

Autotalks' solution for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) outside the vehicle
Autotalks’ solution for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) outside the vehicle

Qualcomm has changed the entire industry

Initially, the industry focused on solutions supporting the proprietary DSRC protocol, but later, Qualcomm, who dominated the cellular industry at the time, promoted its C-V2X concept – partly because many of the protocols in this technology were born in the cellular industry. Most countries in the world adopted the C-V2X protocol, except for the European Union, which opted to continue to deploy DSRC. “We began developing DSRC solutions and later adopted C-V2X. Today we are the only company that provides a dual-mode chipset that can support both.”

Techtime: What is the current competitive situation?

Zyss: “Qualcomm is our main competitor. We always compete head-to-head with them in every tender. Besides them, we have no other big competitors in the C-V2X market. In Europe, NXP is our main competitor as they currently offer a silicon device for every possible system in a vehicle, except for cellular. China’s Huawei, which tried to enter this market in the past, was hindered by the US who blocked its access to the manufacturing of advanced technologies.”

The global revolution of 2024-2025

“The barrier to entry in this industry is high, and the computing and development challenges faced are exceptionally difficult. A chipset needs to receive data from a varied and vast number of vehicles simultaneously and in real-time as well as to validate the source of each broadcast. Our chipset can validate the communication signals from 200 different sources simultaneously. There are also very stringent market requirements and regulations that need to be met. Therefore, to ensure we deliver quality solutions, we don’t behave like a startup, but approach business like any large corporation that has to work very carefully and meticulously to meet quality and regulatory requirements.”

When will the technology reach market?

“We expect the breakthrough year for mass use of this technology to be 2024-2025. What we will see in 2023 is that V2X will be placed in the safety star ratings of vehicles in Europe, EuroNCAP. Once it is known that V2X can positively influence a car’s safety score, we will see a surge in carmakers planning for V2X deployments.”

Surprise: the largest market will be outside the vehicle

Haran says that Autotalks is also active in the infrastructure sector, which is smaller than the vehicles market. “Some traffic lights can already identify an approaching emergency vehicle and enable it to pass uninterrupted. Our prime target in this market is protecting vulnerable road users. You must remember that the number of fatalities inside a vehicle is lower than that outside of a car. To this end, the current trend in large cities is to encourage the use of micro-mobility which means that, unfortunately, cyclists and scooters are increasingly the victims of accidents involving cars.

“Today, the bestselling electric vehicle is the electric bicycle. It is common in Europe to spend as much as €5,000 on an electric bicycle. We believe they should all be fitted with V2X protection because other vehicle sensors cannot accurately identify them. This brings us to our next challenge – a V2X system for bicycles. Our ZooZ micro-mobility platform must be affordable for the manufacturer and compact enough to fit onto a bike. Remember, a bike’s speed and mechanics are different, so they require different hardware and software optimization. But we see real potential in this market and believe that the non-vehicle market will ultimately be V2X’s greatest opportunity.”

Autotalks Doubles Backlog to $200 Million

Autotalks, a provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, announced that it has doubled its backlog orders in 2021 to $200 million. During 2021, Autotalks has doubled the number of its automotive OEMs clients to six, after winning contracts to provide its V2X chipsets to three additional top auto manufacturers – one in Europe, one in Japan, and one in China. The company has been supplying its V2X chipsets for global infrastructure and smart city projects and has secured contracts for future large projects.

The V2X market in which Autotalks is operating is growing rapidly. Virtually all RFIs (Requests for Information) or RFQs (Requests for Quotes) of Telematics Control Units (TCUs) in 2021 required the installation of V2X devices. Alternatively, some OEMs are adding dedicated standalone V2X Electronic Control Units (ECUs). This trend was partly driven by the perpetrations toward the inclusion of V2X in the safety performance assessment program EuroNCAP in Europe and the similar Chinese program C-NCAP.

“There are good reasons why 2021 was a very good year for us,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “Autotalks offers the world’s only dual mode V2X chipset solution, which suits both the DSRC protocol that is used in Europe, and the C-V2X protocol that is used in the US and China. We offer flexible architecture, backed up by an innovative roadmap which matches the requirements of OEMs. On top of that, our V2X system is isolated in a way that provides the highest possible security and safety.”

Zyss continued: “Looking forward towards 2022, we expect additional major wins of top OEMs. Simultaneously, we aim to use our V2X-based micro-mobility platform, ZooZ, in order to expand safety for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and e-scooter riders.”

Seoul City deployed Autotalks’ V2X systems in public buses

Autotalks, a provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, announced the completion of its role in the Seoul City C-ITS flagship deployment is part of the South Korean capital’s plan to establish a unique V2X and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) test platform supporting Autonomous Driving Level 4.

With the V2X systems installed across its bus fleet and infrastructure, Seoul City can now offer its citizens an advanced public transport system able to intelligently alert drivers of pedestrian collision, school, and silver zones, as well as road and weather conditions warnings, among other alerts.

The V2X system, which is based on Autotalks’ chipset, was deployed in nearly 2,000 buses operating in Sangam Digital Media City (DMC) and along Seoul City’s expressways. The project was spearheaded and jointly funded by Seoul City and the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT).

With thousands of systems deployed, the project in Seoul is one of the most extensive of any modern city, showing Korea’s commitment to take mobility in public transportation to the next level.

“Autotalks applauds Seoul City and MOLIT for advancing their vision of a smart and safe city,” said Ram Shallom, VP Business Development and Marketing in APAC at Autotalks. “By taking a bold move towards developing a modern city and placing their confidence in an innovative V2X OBU system, the city is setting the standard for others to follow. This move by Seoul City will be seen as a game-changer for those cities and regions still grappling with technology decisions, allowing their indecision to hamper the future of mobility.”

The deployment in Seoul City is part of the growing momentum of Autotalks in the Asia Pacific region. In November, Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), a subsidiary of Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group), the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, and Autotalks, announced that FIT invested $10 million in Autotalks, following a strategic collaboration agreement between the two companies.

Foxconn invests $10 million in Autotalks

Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), a subsidiary of Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group), the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, announced investment of $10 million in Autotalks, a strategic collaboration agreement between the two companies. The joint micro-mobility activity will start this year, on the basis of Autotalks’ ZooZ micro-mobility platform which was recently launched.

ZooZ platform is composed of a ZooZ device installed on the bike or scooter, alerting when a V2X vehicle is endangering the cyclist, and a ZooZ smart sign, lighting up when a ZooZ device is approaching an intersection. The joint automotive activity will start early next year. Autotalks provides V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) chipset to allow direct communication between vehicles and all other road users, without using the cellular network.

Each unit transmits ten times per second its location, speed, and heading. Each unit receives messages from other road users, analyzes those locally, and detects a risk if exists. The communication is range is more than 300 meter in dense urban areas and more than 1 kilometer on highways. “We see Autotalks as the provider of the world’s most trusted V2X solution,” said Thomas Fann, Special Assistant to Chairman at FIT.

Smart signpost helps prevent electric bike and scooter accidents at intersections

Autotalks, a V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions pioneer, is leveraging its V2X solution to prevent accidents between electric bicycles and electric scooters and cars. As part of this effort, Autotalks developed and successfully tested together with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University a ‘smart’ signpost for preventing accidents. The new signpost is intended for installation at intersections, where 75% of accidents involving cyclists occur.

“As a company dedicated to saving lives on the roads using V2X technology, Autotalks understood that a major factor was to prevent accidents involving electric bikes and scooters. In addition, we understood that the global deployment of V2X must begin with two-wheelers,” said Onn Haran, founder and CTO of Autotalks. “The smart signpost that we successfully tested with Ben-Gurion University serves as an important first milestone in equipping dangerous intersections with a comprehensive platform that will help prevent accidents involving two-wheeled electric vehicles.”

The ‘smart’ signpost is equipped with Autotalks’ V2X chipset and communicates with a V2X device installed on the electric bike or scooter. The signpost lights up when there is a two-wheeler at the intersection. Vehicles equipped with V2X will receive a warning on their screen if their car is endangering the rider.

Autotalks teamed up with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for a trial that focused on analyzing and modeling the actions and behavior of the car driver. The trial was overseen by Noa Zangi, an M.A. student, under the direction of Dr. Avinoam Borowsky, an expert in Ergonomic Engineering from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. During the trial, a sophisticated driving simulator was used to check the impact of the smart signpost. The trial tested three scenarios – driving with the help of a smart signpost, driving with the help of a regular signpost, and the absence of a signpost. The simulator displayed a range of driving situations and monitored the driver’s braking and where his or her gaze was focused.

Drivers were 70% more likely to brake for the bike at the intersection with the smart signpost. A regular signpost boosted the driver’s attention to an electric bike rider by 20%. This improvement did not come at the expense of attention given to others at or near the intersection.

“As a researcher of driving behavior, I understand how a driver divides his or her attention at an intersection is critical. Our study determined that the smart signpost does in fact increase driver’s alertness,” said Dr. Avinoam Borowsky, who oversaw the study. “The smart signpost has great potential in reducing electric bike accidents and we recommend a pilot study measuring the improvement at real intersections in cities as a next step.”