Audi to Test New Connected-Car Technology

Audi of America is joining with Qualcomm and the Virginia Department of Transportation to demonstrate a new cellular-based car communications technology that backers say will make roads safer.

The German automaker plans to equip a limited number of Q8 SUVs with cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) transmitters, Audi and Qualcomm said in a statement today.

The V2X communications system would work on certain roads in northern Virginia in a type of test pilot program.

Broadly speaking, V2X technology permits vehicles to send and receive messages from other road users and surrounding infrastructure, such as smart traffic lights, so drivers and vehicles can receive notifications about unseen vehicles speeding through intersections or about stopped traffic ahead. It could even apply emergency braking to prevent a crash.