Spirent Communications has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Cohda Wireless to support the testing of WAVE-DSRC vehicle-to-everything (V2X) devices. Such testing is expected to enable mass market access to best-in-class V2X technology. This partnership is backed up on the long-standing cooperation of the companies for testing the European V2X standard ITS-G5, the company noted. It said that Cohda Wireless and Spirent have joined efforts to provide similar tests for the USDOT WAVE-DSRC standards, as per IEEE1609.x and SAE J2945/1 standards.
Spirent and Cohda Wireless are participating in the OmniAir Motor City Plugfest where they are showcasing solutions that would bring out the features of this new partnership. At the event, Spirent is providing WAVE-DSRC V2X conformance testing at five test stations, enabling V2X vendors to prepare for OmniAir certification and to improve their product quality. Spirent’s main focus at this plugfest will be on functional and performance requirements, as defined in SAE J2945/1 and IEEE1609.2 standards. These standards include security and mobility features known to be potential sources of interoperability and safety issues for this technology, the company explained.
V2X is said to be the foundation for a wide range of applications that will significantly enhance road safety by alerting drivers and vehicles about various obstructions. V2X technology will greatly contribute to optimising the safe flow of traffic, ultimately enabling fully-autonomous vehicles to operate safely using cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS), Spirent explained.
Interoperability across vehicular communication devices and associated software from different manufacturers is highly critical for the success of V2X technology. To ensure this, the OmniAir Consortium has put in place a Connected Vehicle Certification Program to verify compliance with current standards and regulations. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) mandates manufacturers to have their equipment certified by OmniAir Consortium as a precondition to participating in pilot deployments in the US.
Stephan Pietsch, Director of Engineering, Automotive, Spirent, said the company is proud to support Cohda’s efforts for conformance testing of its MK5 V2X device. Spirent is fully committed to continuing this cooperation as part of its on-going support for V2X technology deployment, he added.
Spirent’s test solution has helped the company validate compliance of the MK5 device in accordance with WAVE-DSRC standards in preparation for OmniAir certification, noted Bernd Lübben, Vice-President, Business Development, Cohda. He said Spirent’s WAVE-DSRC V2X conformance test solution is an intuitive tool supporting a high level of automation, and allowed Cohda to meet its project testing targets by combining usability and performance. Cohda is pleased to be working with Spirent towards achieving full conformance for V2X stacks, Lübben added.