First results of the experimental platform on network-based communications showcase improved performance, lower latency. Qualcomm Technologies becomes a new member of the “Towards 5G” initiative to allow for direct communication C-V2X technology testing. Demonstration available during Mobile World Congress 2017 at the Orange booth, Hall 3, Stand D10.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Orange and PSA Group have taken a significant step towards the realization of 5G technology for connected vehicles after conducting field trials to test advanced applications in France.

The initial phase of testing demonstrated Cellular V2X (C-V2X) capabilities on the evolution towards 5G in a real environment over two use cases dedicated to the connected vehicles: “see through” between two connected vehicles on a road, and “emergency vehicle approaching,” aiming at notifying drivers when an emergency vehicle is nearby in real-time.

These two use cases, currently developed and tested in the experimental network, have taken advantage of improved latency, and high throughput performance, using the network-based capabilities of C-V2X to deliver a high-resolution video stream between two vehicles, demonstrating impressive reactivity to show real time event notification.

Advanced network features implemented in a new radio access network (RAN) configured with edge-computing features, allowed improved end-to-end transmission, with an average delay of 17 milliseconds for vehicle-to-network-to-vehicle (V2N2V) communications. This is in comparison to the 30-60 millisecond results measured in today’s LTE networks, and at a vehicle speed of 100 km/h. These results were obtained on the 2.6 GHz frequency band, delivering a 100 Mbit/s performance.

The promising initial results demonstrate how C-V2X can support safety and other advanced use cases, such as “cooperative adaptive cruise control,” as well as applications including “high-density platooning.” C-V2X technology, as defined in the 3GPP Release 14 standard, is expected to further improve these results.

The next steps of the “Towards 5G” initiative will focus on:

  • Implementing a dedicated network slice to prioritize intelligent transportation system (ITS) vehicular traffic and show improved isolation while experiencing other mobile broadband traffic in the vehicle
  • Using direct communication features of C-V2X to test vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) capabilities, while assessing the enhanced performance brought by C-V2X Release 14 with regards to communication range and reliability.
  • The “Towards 5G” initiative members will develop new use cases to assess how C-V2X and its evolution to 5G, will support advanced applications, including traffic flow optimization, improved safety and automated driving.

To support direct communications testing, the “Towards 5G” initiative welcomes Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), as a new member.

“We are pleased to join PSA, Orange and Ericsson in the ‘Towards 5G’ initiative,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Cellular-V2X R14 and its strong evolution towards 5G, using both network-based and direct communications, has great potential in helping achieve our common vision for safer, highly connected and smarter transportation.”

Discover more about the “Towards 5G” initiative during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27 – March 2.

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