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Ford Accelerates Connectivity Strategy in China; Targets Production of First C-V2X-Equipped Vehicle in 2021

 

SHANGHAI, China, Mar. 26, 2019 – Ford Motor Company today announced plans to begin deploying cellular vehicle-to-everything, or C-V2X, technology in Ford vehicles in China in 2021.

 

C-V2X technology can help make streets safer with vehicles that will be able to “talk” and “listen” to each other, pedestrians, cyclists and traffic lights, and supports the development of autonomous driving.

 

This commitment demonstrates Ford’s drive to accelerate the commercial deployment of C-V2X wireless communication technology, and follows the company’s plan to deploy C-V2X technology in all new Ford models in the United States beginning in 2022.

 

“C-V2X technology deployment is key to our ‘In China, For China’ strategy,” said Anning Chen, president and CEO of Ford China. “With China’s fast 5G development, and our own rapid progress in C-V2X, we are working at China speed to equip our vehicles with C-V2X technology. Ford customers in China will be the first to receive the benefits of this smart technology, which will help make local streets safer and less congested.”

 

Embracing the era of 5G

China is a world leader in the development of 5G technology. As the first stage of 5G, C-V2X is an important step in building out a full range of 5G applications and infrastructure. Multiple telecom operators in China have announced their plans for 5G commercial deployment and are rapidly building 5G cellular networks.

 

As a key member of the 5G Automobile Association (5GAA), Ford is working closely with industry and government agencies around the world to accelerate momentum for C-V2X development and deployment.

 

Working together with the driver-assist technologies of today, including the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite, and autonomous driving technologies of the future, C-V2X provides an additional source of data about city infrastructure, traffic, construction and emergency vehicles. Similar to the way hearing and vision work together to help a person navigate a complex world, C-V2X complements vehicle sensors such as radar, LiDAR and camera systems to enhance a vehicle’s ability to operate in complex environments, potentially mitigating risks in blind interactions, bad weather, and other challenging conditions.

 

Accelerating C-V2X technology tests

This month, Ford began testing its C-V2X-based driver-assist technology combined with Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology in Shanghai. MEC technology moves cloud computing to the roadside infrastructure to enhance latency and reliability. During the tests, Ford vehicles equipped with C-V2X will be able to interact with a variety of road users – including pedestrians and vehicles without C-V2X capability – via cameras from roadside infrastructure. This will provide Ford vehicles equipped with C-V2X with more comprehensive safety measures even before C-V2X is widely utilized.  

 

This project will be the latest in a series of tests Ford has conducted in China to assess the performance of C-V2X technology operating in vehicles, with the goal of seeing it adopted.

 

Testing began in late 2017, when Ford kicked off its first C-V2X technology trial in China at the National Intelligent Vehicle Pilot Zone in Shanghai, and continued in May 2018, when Ford conducted successful technical tests as part of Wuxi’s LTE-V2X pilot project – the world’s first city-level project of its kind performed on public roads. LTE-V2X, along with the evolution from 4G to 5G, is the first phase of C-V2X technology.

 

In November 2018, together with other OEMs, communication module providers and terminal vendors, Ford participated in a live demonstration in Shanghai, which marked the world’s first three-layered interoperability of C-V2X technology. It was the first time different brands and solutions could “speak” the same C-V2X language, not only maximizing the benefits for Ford C-V2X-equipped vehicles but also building a better overall C-V2X environment.

 

“C-V2X will live up to its full potential when enough vehicles and city infrastructure take advantage of it. Our move to equip new Ford vehicles in China with C-V2X capability will contribute to the meaningful deployment of this advanced technology,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product. “We are dedicated to working together with the industry and government agencies globally to accelerate momentum for C-V2X, helping us deliver on our vision of ‘smart vehicles for a smart world’.”

 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is one of the world's largest automotive companies and is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. The company's core business includes designing, manufacturing and selling high-quality cars, SUVs, trucks and electric vehicles as well as luxury Lincoln models, and providing after-sales services. At the same time, Ford Motor Company also provides auto credit services through Ford Automotive Finance (China) Co., Ltd., and is actively promoting the company's leading position in electrification, autonomous driving and smart mobility. At present, the company employs approximately 191,000 people worldwide.


Ford Motor (China) Ltd. was established in 1995 in the Chinese market to provide consumers with a wide range of Ford and Lincoln branded products and services. Ford currently offers the following models in China: Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Ford Explorer, Ford Everest, Ford Edge, Ford Kuga, Ford Territory, Ford EcoSport, Ford Taurus, Ford Mondeo, Ford Mondeo PHEV, Ford Focus, Ford Escort, Ford Mustang, Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, Ford Tourneo and the new Ford Transit brand, and the Lincoln brand, and its luxury models such as Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Nautilus,  Lincoln MKC, Lincoln Continental, Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln MKZ. Ford has more than 37,000 employees in China, and its wholly-owned and joint ventures include: Ford Motor (China) Co., Ltd., Ford Automotive Engineering Research (Nanjing) Co., Ltd., Ford Motor Research and Testing (Nanjing) Co., Ltd., Ford Motor Finance (China) ), Ford Motor Finance Leasing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Changan Ford Motor Co., Ltd. and Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.

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