Autotalks from Kfar Netter announced today (Tuesday) that it has supplied Seoul, the capital of South Korea, with V2X components developed under the Seoul City C-ITS flagship project aimed at converting the city’s public transport to Level 4 autonomy through V2X communications and decision support systems for drivers.
The project in the city of Seoul is one of the largest in the world in the field of modern cities and it testifies to the commitment of South Korea to upgrade the mobility of public transport to a new level. The project was jointly initiated and funded by the Seoul Municipality and the South Korean Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation.
The V2X system has been installed on 2,000 buses running in the Sangam Digital Media City in Seoul near the city’s highways, and in Seoul’s transportation infrastructure. The installation of thousands of Autotox systems allows the city of Seoul to offer residents an advanced public transportation system capable of providing drivers with a variety of alerts, including: Dangerous proximity to pedestrians, schools, areas with older populations, road disruptions and weather conditions.
“Autotox congratulates the city of Seoul and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on promoting the vision of a smart and safe city,” said Ram Shalom, VP of Business Development and Marketing at Autotalks in Asia-Pacific. The city sets a new standard and other gates will want to implement. “Seoul’s move will be seen as changing the rules of the game by other cities that are having a hard time dealing with technological decisions and allowing their hesitation to delay future mobility,” he added.
Autotox has developed communication chips between vehicles that significantly reduce road accidents and road casualties. The company started mass production of the chipsets it developed. In 2021 Autotox doubled the number of automakers (OEMs) it works with to six manufacturers after signing agreements to supply its V2X chipsets with three more automakers – from Europe, Japan and China. Autotox continues to provide its V2X chipset arrays for infrastructure and smart city projects around the world.
The Autotox project in Seoul is part of the company’s business momentum in the Asia-Pacific region. In November of this year, Autotox and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), a subsidiary of Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group), the world’s largest electronics maker, announced that FIT had invested $ 10 million in Autotox as part of a strategic cooperation agreement signed between the companies.
Autotox helps reduce road collisions and improve mobility through chipsets licensed for use in the automotive industry. The Autotox V2X chip complements the information coming from other sensors, especially in situations where the driver does not have a line of sight (non-line-of-sight) with the object, in severe weather or in poor lighting conditions. The technology significantly improves overall road safety and effectively coordinates between regular vehicles, autonomous cars, motorcycles and pedestrians. Autotox has raised more than $ 150 million since its inception. The company employs about 100 people in Israel, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, and Ukraine and is currently recruiting additional workers.