Ficosa has reportedly become the first global manufacturer to receive European RED certification for its CarCom platform with Cellular-V2X technology. This platform integrates Qualcomm’s latest technology and has been certified in collaboration with Dekra Laboratories.
Joan Palacín, Director of the Advanced Communications Business Unit of Ficosa, said: "This certification is a recognition of the dedication and all our efforts in developing and accelerating the arrival of the connected car to the market, innovating in solutions that make it possible as we already demonstrated in several pilots in 2018 integrating CarCom On Board Units in more than 500 vehicles. We are happy to count on the full support of the best technological partners, such like Qualcomm and Dekra, which has been key to make this important achievement."
Ficosa develops solutions for connecting cars with infrastructures and with other vehicles through the available technologies: both with DSRC (802.11p) and cellular technology (C-V2X). CarCom platform allows integrating the two connectivity options in a modular way and there is also a dual mode variant available.
At Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, the company also tested its C-V2X technology in the 5G Connected Car pilot project. Thanks to this, the different use cases based on C-V2X were put into operation in a real test environment including a 5G base station.
Palacín added: "For Ficosa, connectivity and safety are the main concepts for the development of autonomous driving. In this sense, V2X technology is unique because, in addition to being a first level connectivity tool, it is capable of preventing accidents, and this is vital for the future of our industry.”
With this RED certification, Ficosa is positioned as one of the main suppliers of automotive components in collaborative systems for smart cities (C-ITS).