Next step on the road to accident-free driving. Next-generation
intelligent networking: Mercedes-Benz brings Car-to-X technology to
-Mercedes-Benz is to be the first automotive manufacturer to bring
Car-to-X technology to series production vehicles by the end of this
-Enhanced safety and convenience: Mercedes-Benz customers become aware
of hazardous locations sooner thanks to Car-to-X technology
-Modular approach: retrofitting of Car-to-X technology is possible in
many Mercedes-Benz models
Stuttgart. As part of its "Intelligent Drive" strategy,
Mercedes-Benz is all set to bring Car-to-X technology to our roads by
the end of this year which will enable the exchange of information
between individual vehicles as well as between vehicles and the
traffic infrastructure. Through the use of Car-to-X communication,
information on potential road traffic dangers can be passed on to
drivers at an early stage so that they can take appropriate action and
even help to avoid critical situations arising in the first place.
According to Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management
of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars
Development: "With the introduction of Car-to-X technology, we
are once again reaffirming our tradition as a safety pioneer, and
demonstrating that we are continuing to bring innovations to the roads
with benefit for both our customers, and also other road users.
Car-to-X expands the telematic horizon
Car-to-X technology is able to significantly expand the scope of
existing vehicle sensors, such as radar or camera systems for example.
It enables motorists to see around corners or beyond obstacles,
thereby helping to reduce the blind spots from which existing sensor
systems suffer. The technology's greatest potential lies in this
expansion of the telematic horizon. "With Car-to-X communication
we have made a base technology ready for the market which in the
future will enable a new generation of driver assistance systems to be
developed", explains Prof. Dr. Weber. "Through the
intelligent fusion of sensor data, we are able to obtain an extremely
precise picture of the vehicles surrounding including areas further
away from the vehicle which also helps us with the further
development of our autonomous driving functions."
In addition to enhancing safety and convenience, Car-to-X technology
can also contribute to making mobility more efficient by using the
highly precise information on traffic conditions available via
Car-to-X communication, for example to improve the flow of traffic by
controlling traffic light signals.
Car-to-X technology set to make an appearance this year
Mercedes-Benz to bring Car-to-X technology to the roads by the end of
this year. As part of an initial step the Drive Kit Plus will be used,
which in combination with a smartphone and the Digital DriveStyle app
developed by Mercedes-Benz turns the vehicle into a simultaneous
transmitter and receiver of information.
Daimler is using this mobile communication-based approach because it
promises to offer the quickest way to deploy the future technology and
therefore also the quickest possible shortcut to unlocking the safety
potential of Car-to-X technology. However, Daimler is also involved in
the further development of Car-to-X communication and, based on a
hybrid approach, is also able to extend its systems into the area of
so-called ad-hoc communication between vehicles.
How does Car-to-X technology work in vehicles? When warning messages
are issued in the vicinity of the vehicle, from example by an
emergency services vehicle or a broken down vehicle, the driver
receives a warning in advance in good time and the hazardous location
is marked on the map. With this information he has the option of
adjusting his driving style and speed in such a way that a dangerous
situation does not even arise in the first place. Thanks to Car-to-X
technology, the driver can also be warned at an early stage about
wrong-way drivers or dangerous weather conditions.
In addition to receiving warning messages, each vehicle fitted with
Car-to-X communication can also transmit information on dangers to
other road users and therefore contribute to enhancing road safety.
Mercedes-Benz passenger cars are able to detect many of these dangers
automatically and without the driver being required to take any
action, thanks to the seamless integration of the Car-to-X system in
the vehicle's own systems. For dangers which are not detected
automatically, or which cannot yet be detected automatically, an
efficient manual notification option has been created. At the press of
a button, immobile vehicles or animals on the road, wrong-way drivers
or shed loads can be notified via the Mercedes Cloud. This then sends
a warning message to all vehicles fitted with Car-to-X technology
which are in the vicinity of the hazardous location.
Of course when developing the system, emphasis was placed on ensuring
that anything which may distract the driver from the road conditions
is avoided. The Car-to-X communication works in the background and
provides the driver with highly accurate information on situations
which may have an impact on safety. The system ultimately works so
reliably because Car-to-X technology exclusively distributes
up-to-the-minute information on current dangers. As such, Car-to-X
technology fits into the Mercedes-Benz "Intelligent Drive"
strategy, making additional information available for merging with
Modular approach ensures quick market launch and enables the
technology to be retrofitted in many Mercedes-Benz vehicles
Since Car-to-X technology can contribute to making road traffic safer
overall, it is particularly important for Mercedes-Benz as a safety
pioneer to bring this technology to our roads quickly and make its use
as widespread as possible.
Through the integration of Car-to-X technology in the Drive Kit Plus
and the Digital DriveStyle app, Mercedes-Benz is creating the ideal
conditions to enable as many Mercedes-Benz customers as possible to
benefit from Car-to-X technology. This is because the Drive Kit Plus
can be ordered for new vehicles and also installed in stock vehicles
as a retrofit solution. This means that Car-to-X communication is not
dependent on the market launch of a new model, and will be offered to
customers across the board from the end of the year.
Naturally Mercedes-Benz is also working on full system integration of
Car-to-X technology in future models to enable drivers and other road
users to benefit from additional safety and convenience.
Besides equipping its own model range with Car-to-X technology, the
company is also maintaining close ties with other stakeholders. Since
the use of Car-to-X systems will increase with each new additional
participant, the aim is to seek an exchange of data - for example on
reported hazardous locations - with other vehicle manufacturers.
Ideally Car-to-X technology could be fitted as quickly as possible and
in as many motorway maintenance vehicles, police or emergency services
vehicles as possible.
Pioneer of Car-to-X communication
Daimler spotted the tremendous potential of Car-to-X communication at
an early stage and for decades has been a driving force behind the
research and the development of this technology. The company therefore
initiated research projects designed to create the necessary
technology base and has been, and still is, involved in major projects
around the world focusing on Car-to-X communication. As a founding
member of the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium, Daimler is actively
working on a Europe-wide standardised system for Car-to-X
communication. And by acting as the project manager of a German and
European field trial for the practical testing of Car-to-X
communication, Daimler is also driving force behind the preparations
for the market launch of Car-to-X systems.