Insane traffic jams involving ambulances are a common occurrence on Indian roadways. While many people accept this reality meekly, linked cars may change how emergency vehicles are transported in the future.
Even if an ambulance is a kilometre away, V2X (Vehicle to Everything) technology can warn vehicles of its approach so they can clear the lane for the high-priority vehicle.
Using the connectedness of vehicles, V2X, also known as vehicle-to-everything (X), is a kind of communication between a vehicle and any entity (X) that may affect or be influenced by the vehicle. This object could be a pedestrian, a different vehicle, a traffic signal, or some other piece of traffic infrastructure.
A few partners, including Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan, IIT-Hyderabad, and others, have already shown how the Ambulance Alerting System can be used. Using V2X, an ambulance or other emergency vehicle can "communicate" with passing vehicles by requesting their clearance.
V2X is likely to have a huge impact on the future of mobility because between 80 and 85 percent of Indian cars are still not connected. According to a survey by Research and Markets, the automotive V2X market is expected to increase from $619 million in 2021 to more than $2.2 billion in 2025 at a rate of 38% per year.
V2X, in contrast to current safety discussions, which solely consider automobiles as active players, allows for engagement from all parties, according to experts. All road users will be able to predict one another's actions and level of urgency (if any), which will reduce accidents and other traffic-related problems.
V2X is being hailed as the panacea to numerous mobility issues facing the fourth-largest vehicle market in the world, including traffic congestion and road safety.