Ericsson and Scania
Traffic is building up in cities throughout the world. Not only does this increase congestion and the likelihood of accidents, but it has a devastating impact on the environment. We believe mobile technology can help alleviate these problems and continue to explore next-generation transportation together with Scania.
5G gets the green light
Vehicles will soon have the power to communicate with each other, and with other devices on the road. This will improve safety, but also many other aspects of transportaion such as efficiency and sustainability.
Another hot topic is autonomous vehicles. Although they are designed to handle specific traffic scenarios, information retrieved from other sources and vehicles will be needed for safer future.
5G will fuel these innovations – particularly as it is based on existing LTE infrastructure, which is widely deployed and has a growing global footprint.
Steering towards V2X
5G mobile networks will be a major enabler of auto industry transformation, and will have a relevant role to play for both V2V and V2I (vehicle to-infrastructure) communications.
The next generation of intelligent transport systems (ITS) will combine both V2V and V2I, allowing vehicles to operate autonomously and be controlled and monitored from cloud-hosted software. Such systems may involve remote management of a fleet of vehicles, where a remote operator or an automated system is in control of all vehicles.
As LTE and 5G combine different connectivity paths using a common radio interface, the technologies can facilitate V2V, V2I and V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian) communications:
- V2V allows vehicles to exchange data directly, or via the network infrastructure as and when required
- V2I enables communication to road side infrastructure, as well as cloud services for vehicles
- With cellular LTE, V2P extends ITS services to handheld devices
"Ericsson is helping us shape the future of connectivity and technology leadership in mobility, broadband and cloud. We have a shared vision of a connected network for transport, and our latest project proves that the use of 5G networks creates new opportunities for transport."
- Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO Scania (2016-2021)