The transportation industry is always striving to improve efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. One way to achieve this is to keep platoons of trucks driving together at close proximity.
Scania, the Swedish manufacturer of commercial trucks and buses, has pioneered platooning concepts with trucks driving in close formation, thereby reducing air drag and fuel consumption. To make this possible, these platoons must be coordinated through reliable vehicle to vehicle communication.
In today’s crowded, pre-5G networks, commercial bandwidth users like Scania must compete with private users who are streaming infotainment like music and video. Where previously WLAN technology has been used, the auto industry is looking forward to the guaranteed latency and bandwidth 5G promises. As a leader in developing 5G technologies, Ericsson is a natural partner for companies like Scania who hope to take full advantage of LTE connectivity.
Scania and Ericsson are creating innovative 5G possibilities
Speed and reliability are vital to realizing the potential of vehicle-to-vehicle communication. New developments in LTE and 5G standardization have created opportunities for dedicated vehicle-to-vehicle communications using the mobile network, while minimizing risks of unpredictability and latency (delay).
For Scania, the low latency in 5G connections means that the new technology can be used by vehicles transmitting navigation information to each to reduce fuel consumption. In a wider perspective, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is an enabler for system-wide platooning in planning and organizing the formation of platoons according to route and schedule. Trucks can thus join and leave platoons in an optimal manner.
“We're convinced that vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be implemented by transport operators of all types. Addressing the challenges posed by growing passenger and freight volumes, enhanced communications can contribute to greater logistics efficiency and thereby reduced environmental impact.”
- Claes Herlitz, Head of Automotive at Ericsson