The 5G Automotive Association will address key technical and regulatory issues, and integrate vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions
A group of major carmakers and some of the largest network infrastructure and telecoms firms in the world have banded together to form a new organisation, the 5G Automotive Association, to explore and develop use of 5G solutions in future autonomous vehicles.
The association’s aim is to address society’s “connected mobility and road safety needs” with applications such as connected automated driving, “ubiquitous access to services” and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.
Founding members of the group are: Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm.
The group said it intends to “develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardisation and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration”.
With next generation 5G mobile networks and continued strong LTE evolution, which includes cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication, the focus of information and communication technologies (ICT) shifts towards the Internet of Things and the digitalisation of industries.
“Connected cars will shape the future of individual mobility, and next generation mobile networks will take car to x connectivity to a new level, said Alfons Pfaller, head of infotainment development, Audi. “The key to success is in cross-industry collaboration. This is why we set up the 5G Automotive Association where experts from all relevant fields are teaming up.”
As an evolution to today’s networks, next generation mobile networks are expected to handle much more data volume, connect many more devices, significantly reduce latency and bring new levels of reliability. For example, 5G can better support mission-critical communications for safer driving and will further support enhanced vehicle-to-everything communications and connected mobility solutions, the partners said in a press statement.
These solutions bring new technological and business opportunities for both the automotive and ICT industries, and the members of the association will closely collaborate to realise the full potential together. The association said it will address key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions.
Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things group, Intel, commented: “Intel’s leadership work in 5G technology development, long-term commitment to open standards, and collaboration with leaders in the automotive industry will drive an accelerated path to adoption of 5G in automotive and transportation."
“Partnering together with other industry leaders will ensure 5G can support the use cases that will deliver on breakthroughs in safety and services for automated driving, smart city and intelligent transportation solutions around the world.”
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