Chinese members of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) will conduct a live interoperability showcase of the latest connected driving technology, securely and seamlessly connecting vehicles not only to other vehicles but also to transport infrastructure including busy roads, intersections and smart traffic systems. The demonstration event is a milestone deliverable of the IMT-2020 Promotion Group’s C-V2X ‘Four Layers’ Interoperability Application Demonstration.
Attending the ground-breaking IMT-2020 demonstration in China, Maxime Flament, 5GAA’s Chief Technology Officer, stressed: “This real-world showcase is all about interoperability between vendors and proving the end-to-end security chain, paving the way for further 5G developments not only in automotive, but also in all sectors relying on fast, secure and seamless connectivity between objects making up the burgeoning ‘internet of things’ (IoT). 5GAA is very proud to be part of this stepstone towards full deployment of C-V2X in China in 2020.”
The event will demonstrate the efficiency of the end-to-end ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (V2X) standard stack (protocols) and the reliability of security solutions. It underscores the cooperation among all automotive and telecom players in this dynamic ecosystem.
This work is the beating heart of future safe and secure mobility and transport solutions, and it is why 5GAA is playing an active role in it, with the automotive, technology and telecommunications industries working together on joined-up, complementary standards and approaches.
Some 5G and IoT Basics
As countries begin to roll out 5G mobile connectivity in the course of 2019, attention is naturally narrowing down to what this evolution means for industry but also everyday lives. The essence of 5G is that it makes better use of the radio spectrum than previous generations. That efficiency translates into a more stable internet enjoying more bandwidth, faster data speeds, and greater connectivity among ever-more devices at the same time, and across wider areas than previous 4G and LTE mobile networks. Thus, 5G networks will be central to connecting the billions of ‘things’ (and growing*) that make up the IoT, from connected and autonomous cars to the vast array of smart applications and interfaces used in industry and daily life. Applications increasingly handled by smartphones carried around by some 44% of the world’s population.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its partners have worked on establishing a truly global benchmark - providing internationally agreed specifications for 5G - for all future mobile-broadband communications adopters. That standard, first laid out in 2012, is now known as IMT-2020.
5GAA is uniquely placed to support IMT-2020 developments, as it unites all major cross-sector players (automotive, chipset, technology, telecom-mobile infrastructure and operators) in this field including founding members AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm. In less than three years, more than 130 companies worldwide have signed up to 5GAA’s mission of helping define and develop the next generation of connected mobility and automated vehicle solutions.
The IMT-2020 Promotion Group live tests of the ‘Chinese C-V2X stack’ showcase the importance of working together across sectors and regions in achieving this goal, and line up well with other major interoperability activities, the first, held by Omniair, early October in Malaga, Spain and the second organised by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to be held in December.