Robotics & Automation News

Market trends and business perspectives

NXP contributes to smart city initiative in Columbus, Ohio

NXP Semiconductors N.V.  has announced the next phase in its Smart City collaboration with Columbus, Ohio. NXP will contribute key technologies for smart and safe mobility to the Smart Columbus Experience Center, which opened on June 30, 2018.

The centre allows visitors to see how new mobility options, such as connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, can help make Columbus a more connected community.

Hands-on educational experiences and technology demonstrations aim to show visitors how technology and innovation in transportation can grow the local economy and create ladders of opportunity for central Ohio residents.

NXP and Cohda Wireless will deploy a connected vehicle environment through the centre’s electric vehicle test drive area so drivers can experience this future technology in person.

NXP has also donated an electric motorcycle with an accompanying drone that alerts the driver to dangers or delays ahead.

NXP has contributed mobility technologies to the Smart Columbus Experience Center, including its RoadLINK V2X technology, which allows cars to communicate with each other as well as with intelligent traffic infrastructures.

Also on show are the IEEE802.11p Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) standard, which allows cars to securely connect to each other as well as to infrastructure and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions which can be used for vehicle window stickers to eliminate the need for stop-and-pay stations in public parking spaces.

Visitors to the centre will soon experience first hand how driving electric is an exciting, convenient, sustainable and affordable way to get around Columbus.

A fleet of six electric vehicles will be on display and available for test drives through a connected vehicle environment provided by NXP and Cohda Wireless.

Vehicles on display or available for test drives include a BMW i3, a Chevrolet Bolt, a Honda Clarity, a Mercedes-Benz GLE 55e, a Nissan LEAF and a Toyota Prius Prime.