We've heard it plenty of times when talking about the idea of smart vehicles. But only now are we seeing efforts made toward it. We're talking about "vehicle to everything technology." And Stellantis has started tests on the idea.

For those unfamiliar, vehicle-to-everything communications, or VtE tech, is the central idea that a person's car will communicate with the rest of the road. This includes traffic lights, other cars, crosswalks, and construction sites. When done correctly, this can improve traffic times, reduce collisions, and so on. Various degrees of this concept have been used by automakers for years.

In a statement on Thursday, Stellantis announced plans to begin testing warning systems for vehicles using VtE communication. It will be done through two separate systems. The first, which is closer to reaching production, is designed to warn the driver about emergency vehicles in the area. The information is taken from the HASS cloud network and displayed on the Infotainment screen.

The other system, however, requires road-side infrastructure information collecting. In simpler terms, it needs data collected by intersections and other street sensors. The idea is to collect info relating to traffic and process is over a 5G connection to transmit to vehicles. The structure could process warnings in almost real-time, assisting in self-driving technology.

Stellantis aims to get this second system up and running nationwide before the end of the decade. Given the level of road-side infrastructure construction and modification needed, we're admittedly doubtful. We see how long it takes just to patch up normal roads. This doesn't even mention the lack of political interest most places have in investing money in roads. Still, if they can accomplish it, it would do some impressive things for the advancement of the automotive industry.