Telcos and automotive players unite for 5G automotive association

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A new association comprising a group of automakers and network providers will be dealing with issues related to connected mobility and road safety needs through 5G mobile networks with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.

The newly formed 5G Automotive Association is a team comprising Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm, which will address key technical and regulatory issues leveraging next-generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking and computing solutions.

The association’s main activities will include addressing C-V2X technology requirements; defining and harmonising use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies; supporting standardisation; conducting joint innovation and development projects leading to integrated solutions, interoperability testing, large scale pilots and trial deployments; and pushing throguh commercial availability and global market penetration.

5G is a global association and is open to the automotive industry, the ICT industry or the broader ecosystem and value chain for vehicle and road transportation systems. Interestingly, many companies have already showed a strong support for the 5GAA and express their intent to join the association in future. It will also work in close cooperation with national and regional initiatives, such as the European Connected & Automated Driving Pre-Deployment Project.

The association has appointed Christoph Voigt as the chairperson of the board, while Dino Flore is appointed as the director general.

Dr. Li Yingtao, President, 2012 Labs at Huawei, said: “The creation of this association demonstrates the clear need for a cross-sector-collaboration between mobile industry and car industry for joint innovation, and to establish a platform to align on timeline and priorities and solution road maps. It will facilitate global regulation, certification and standardisation efforts for autonomous driving and future car services based on 5G technologies.”

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