Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global IoT and automotive solutions provider, today announces the launch of its new AG18 module, one of the next generation of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) modules.
Featuring PC5 direct communications, the module enables vehicles to effectively communicate with one another and with their surroundings, ensuring improved safety and traffic efficiency.
The AG18 supports vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications on the unified 5.9GHz intelligent transportation system (ITS) band without the need of a (U)SIM, cellular subscription, or network assistance.
In addition to superior C-V2X communication capabilities, the AG18 module features flexible positioning service options including L1+L5 dual frequency GNSS, Qualcomm Dead Reckoning (QDR3) and high-precision PPE (RTK) technologies, ensuring that global automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers can leverage location technology appropriate to their application requirements.
Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO of Quectel, said:
“C-V2X has been accepted worldwide as a core technology to support high level ADAS and autonomous driving. The AG18 module will enable the large-scale commercial deployment of C-V2X around the globe.”
“It provides enhanced PC5 direct communications and positioning capabilities while significantly reducing the total build cost. The AG18 has already been recognized by several well-known car brands and been selected for critical automotive applications in their next generation vehicles.”
Based upon the AEC-Q100 qualified Qualcomm SA415M chipset, the AG18 complies with the international IATF 16949:2016 automotive quality management system. It is designed for use in extremely harsh environments and provides superior ESD/EMI protection performance.
The AG18 is pin-to-pin compatible with Quectel’s previous-generation C-V2X module AG15, allowing existing OEM customer devices to migrate seamlessly and upgrade through a simple drop-in replacement that will greatly reduce their design cost and development time. Additionally, the AG18 includes multiple interfaces including PCIe, USB 3.0/2.0, SPI, I2C, UART, GPIO, ADC and 1pps, enabling customers to develop a wide range of applications including Telematics Control Unit (TCU), Telematics BOX (T-BOX), Virtual Box (V-BOX) and Roadside Unit (RSU).
As a global supplier of automotive solutions, Quectel has developed a rich C-V2X portfolio for automotive-related applications, including the C-V2X module AG18/ AG15, the C-V2X AP module AG215S, the AG52xR series of LTE-A + C-V2X modules as well as the AG55xQ series of 5G + C-V2X modules, which ensures technological continuity for future customer plans for intelligent cars and transport systems.
Together with C-V2X modules, Quectel also offers a variety of high-performance C-V2X antennas, already in use in the autonomous car market. The C-V2X antenna can be mounted on the upper side of front and rear windshields of the vehicle or hidden inside the shark fin antenna. Besides, Quectel’s C-V2X antenna can achieve two-way compensation for antenna signal loss, bringing excellent performance even when the harness length is more than 4 meters.