HARMAN International, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate cellular-vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies on the 5.9 GHz band in the United States. This approval allows HARMAN to deploy its cutting-edge C-V2X solutions, which aim to enhance roadway safety, alleviate traffic congestion, and promote sustainability. With its industry-leading capabilities, HARMAN is committed to creating safer roads and enabling smarter, safer, and more sustainable transportation.
Ram Iyer, Senior Vice President of Connectivity at HARMAN, emphasized the significance of this approval, especially in light of the alarming number of vehicle traffic fatalities in the US last year, which amounted to nearly 43,000. HARMAN, in collaboration with Samsung, is determined to address this preventable epidemic by leveraging its mature and scalable products.
The FCC’s decision to allow the deployment of C-V2X technologies before the finalization of C-V2X rules is seen as a move that serves the public interest by advancing vehicular safety and promoting interoperability, as noted by the FCC. Both HARMAN and Samsung share a common commitment to safety and the protection of vulnerable road users. They have developed innovative products like HARMAN Savari MECWAVE, an edge computing platform that offers a comprehensive solution for virtualized infrastructure, enabling connected experiences for road users and operators alike.
MECWAVE operates at the edge with incredibly low latency, facilitating the seamless implementation of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. This technology plays a crucial role in delivering safety-critical applications such as hazard alerts, safeguarding vulnerable road users. Moreover, MECWAVE enables high-throughput connectivity experiences like interactive applications and video streaming. HARMAN’s portfolio is further strengthened by two additional solutions:
- HARMAN Savari StreetWAVE roadside unit: This unit serves as a vital connection point for vehicular connectivity, utilizing wireless technologies such as 5G or CBRS for backhaul. It employs C-V2X technologies to establish a seamless communication framework between infrastructure and vehicles.
- HARMAN Savari MobiWAVE wireless vehicular on-board unit: This unit integrates existing telematics control units with V2X services, effectively mitigating traffic-related emergencies. It offers functionalities such as ASD (Automatic Speed Display) and “Here I Am” devices, enhancing safety on the roads.
HARMAN’s holistic mobility solutions will play a significant role in improving the safety of drivers, passengers, and the environment. By delivering compelling mobility experiences that leverage the forefront of technology, HARMAN is actively shaping the future of transportation.