As the company continues its safety-focused research, Ducati, together with Ford and Audi, held its first US demonstration of the ConVeX (Connected Vehicle to Everything) project at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The ConVeX project is a key part of Ducati’s “Safety Road Map 2025” strategy that aims to develop innovative safety systems and technologies, and the initial stage of this strategy is to introduce the ABS Cornering feature to the entire line-up. By its market launch in 2020, Ducati will be having a bike with front and rear radar.
Ducati, Audi AG, Ford Motor Company, and Qualcomm Technologies plans to commercially produce the C-V2X direct communication technology for roadside safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving. To demonstrate this technology, a Ducati Multistrada 1260, as well as Audi and Ford vehicles were equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset to demonstrate a cooperative intersection use case. The technology showed how it can be used in negotiating the right of way in entering a four-way, non-signalized intersection where intention sharing and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions make the use of a wireless sensor.
The companies also exhibited additional Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) safety scenarios, demonstrating the maturity and potential of C-V2X technology. The V2V use case featured the Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) scenario, which is a key countermeasure to address angle collisions at intersections, while the V2P scenario exhibited how C-V2X can be used to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
The V2I use case featured the Work Zone Warning scenario, which is designed to provide drivers advanced warning of road construction ahead allowing them to maneuver in a safe manner.
“This demonstration is showing use cases in which advanced technologies can significantly improve the safety of motorcycle users,” said Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding. “C-V2X communication is one of the key projects of the Ducati 2025 safety road map. There’s no better place than CES to talk about our roadmap towards the future”.