In addition to launching the refreshed 2021 Buick GL6 Mild Hybrid that’s exclusive to the Chinese market, General Motors took advantage of the 2020 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition to introduce its V2X communication technology in the Asian country. This new intelligent Vehicle-to-Everything solution, which plays a vital safety role in the future mobility network, made its debut in the China under the Buick brand.
In fact, GM announced that before the end of the year, Buick will become the first brand to implement V2X technology in a mass-production vehicle in China. This communication protocol is a strategic innovation to increase safety, reduce congestion and prevent collisions, as it allows vehicles to communicate with each other and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a fully integrated and intelligent traffic system.
“Buick is showing a strong presence with our most advanced portfolio ever in Guangzhou,” said Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a statement. “From electrification to connectivity to future mobility, Buick is riding an unprecedented technology wave to strengthen its market leadership and bring the greener, safer and more intelligent future a step closer to our customers in China,” she added.
Currently, Buick’s market-ready V2X communication technology incorporates vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solutions that support a total of eight safety applications. These include emergency braking warning, loss of control warning, abnormal vehicle warning, intersection collision warning, speed limit warning, signal violation warning, hazard location warning, and green-light optimization speed warning.
The definitive implementation of V2X technology in a production vehicle will be possible thanks to Buick eCloud’s new electrical architecture – better known as GM Global B electronic architecture, which guarantees high-speed connectivity and data transmission. Combined with Buick’s advanced driver assistance systems, this next-generation communication mechanism will provide users with a much safer driving experience.
In the future, Buick’s V2X communication technology will be further expanded to include vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P), vehicle-to-cloud (V2C) and vehicle-to-home (V2H) technology. This will support the creation of a more robust ecosystem for smart mobility and smart cities for the next era of autonomous vehicles that promises to radically transform the transportation experience we know to this day.
Although the automaker has yet to announce which Buick model will be the first vehicle to incorporate V2X communication technology in China, it’s worth noting that the all-new Buick Envision S – which will be sold in North America as the 2021 Envision – is currently the only Buick model to feature eCloud architecture.