German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) unveiled the latest generation of its popular Golf compact passenger car with a host of new technologies, according to Automotive News. Among the car’s new features is vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology, called Car2X. The Golf, the most popular passenger vehicle in Europe, will be the manufacturer’s first model to boast the technology.
Car2X uses WLANp, a communication standard similar to Wi-Fi, to allowvehicles to communicate information between other vehicles and their environment. The technology will enable eligible Golf models to communicate road hazards or incidents with other Car2X-enabled vehicles or sensors within half a mile. For instance, cars can communicate instances of sudden braking ahead.
VW isn’t the first to implement inter-vehicle communication, as automakers around the world are implementing V2V technology, though they’re taking varying paths to do so.