Ericsson takes pole position on 5GCAR project

Ericsson is leading a partnership which is focused on developing a 5G architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.

The ‘5GCAR Project’ is backed by the EU and was selected as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). 14 industry leaders are working on the project including PSA group, Orange, and Volvo Cars.

Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment

Connected cars will require a low-latency and reliable network to reach their potential and 5G is being designed with this need in mind. It will help to ensure vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications – such as warning of upcoming hazards – and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications – like paying for a toll bridge – can be shared and reported quickly to keep up with the changing conditions of the roads.

"The European funding granted to our 5GCAR project is a major step, as it will allow our initiative to further develop in order to meet the market needs by 2020,” says Franck Bouetard, Head of Ericsson France. “Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment in the continent in the future."

The project will run for two years (June 2017 - May 2019) and employ around 30 full-time researchers. It will operate with a €8 million budget. Other partners involved with 5GCAR include; Bosch, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia, Chalmers University of Technology, Huawei, King's College London, Marben, Nokia, Sequans, and Viscoda.

In phase 2 of the 5G PPP, the EU has allocated a budget of EUR 154 million for innovative projects across different vertical sectors. 21 projects of 101 have been chosen to be carried forward as we continue the journey towards 5G for connected cars.

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