Volkswagen to make pWLAN standard in 2019 image

Starting with 2019, the German automaker is going to fit most of its models with standard pWLAN technology, which should enable better communication between its vehicles.

The technology is “an additional communication technology for the exchange of selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers.” This means V2V – or vehicle-to-vehicle communication should become relevant, even when there are different manufacturers involved, allowing cars to better communicate with each other as a way of improving traffic safety. As an example, more vehicles will share information about the current traffic situation, accidents and other situations, within an area of around 500 meters.

The tech uses the pWLAN standard, which was standardized by and tested by automotive industry for direct, non-proprietary inter-vehicle communication between vehicles. It simply makes vehicles and the driver able “to look round the corner.” “We want to increase road safety with the aid of networked vehicles, and the most efficient way of achieving this is through the rapid roll-out of a common technology,” says Johannes Neft, Head of Vehicle Body Development for the Volkswagen brand. At its introduction in 2019, the system will detect emergency situations, the information will be processed within milliseconds, and then shared “allowing other road users to react to this risky situation appropriately.”