HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today at CES unveiled a new driver assistance (ADAS) use case, called Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, which forewarns drivers and pedestrians to potential safety conflicts through the use of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology. Part of HARMAN’s safety system technologies, Vehicle-to-Pedestrian can be enhanced through 5G-fuelled C-V2X networks.

Using 5G peer-to-peer signals pedestrians or cyclists with a C-V2X-enabled mobile device will also receive an alert that a vehicle is entering their path. As a result, pedestrians and cyclists can be alerted to potential safety conflicts even in situations where advanced cameras can’t see obstructions - such as around corners, or through parked vehicles. The system can also warn drivers of pedestrians or cyclists.

HARMAN’s Vehicle-to-Pedestrian is only one of many safety enhancements enabled by V2X technology, which has defined the peer-to-peer communications protocols that enable situational awareness between vehicles. Now, with the maturation of 5G technologies and networks, C-V2X creates new opportunities for vehicles to communicate with even more of their surroundings - including other vehicles, road infrastructure and control systems, as well as low visibility road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

“With well over one million deaths reported every year, road fatalities are a global public safety imperative. Creating technologies that help prevent the injury of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists is absolutely paramount,” said Dr. Mike Peters, President, HARMAN Connected Car. “By introducing 5G technology to the car in a way that is both meaningful and practical, Vehicle to Pedestrian is an exciting innovation that will make our roads safer - and also has the potential to save lives.”

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