Vehicle Telematics

EC plans future of 5G for automotive

Published: February 24,2016

The European Commission and the 5G Infrastructure Association launched the 5G Public-Private Partnership White Paper entitled “5G Empowering Vertical Industries”. The Paper outlines how 5G network infrastructures will enable the digitalisation of society and the economy, leading to the fourth industrial revolution, especially in the automotive, transportation, healthcare, energy, manufacturing as well as media and entertainment sectors.

5G empowering vertical industries

“Making 5G a reality in Europe by 2020 will be essential for the success of key vertical sectors like automotive, health and digital manufacturing”, stated Digital Agenda Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger.

“The automotive industry welcomes and supports the vision of 5G to provide a horizontal solution for vertical sectors. 5G delivers important opportunities for future automotive applications. The industry sees cellular, WiFi, satellite communication and digital broadcasting as complementary technologies for the provision of ICT related services”, ERTICO’s CEO Hermann Meyer commented whilst participating in the press conference together with Commissioner Oettinger and senior executives from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Orange Labs, SES and Telenor Research.

When asked about specific challenges in the context of automotive, Mr Meyer highlighted the challenge of complying with the needs for safety-critical applications especially in the context of automated driving. “There will be a need to define quality of service level agreements which address related specific requirements like latency, reliability, throughput”, he concluded.


The vision of advanced driver assistance systems and, in an even longer perspective, complete autonomous driving cars promise not only less fatal accidents, less traffic congestions and less congested cities, but also a wide range of new business opportunities for a broad range of industries and benefits for the environment. 5G will realise this vision by improving the cooperative automatic driving in such a way that sensor information will be exchanged in real time between thousands of cars connected in the same area. As an example, cooperative collision avoidance sets the pre-requisite that communications be operational everywhere, with reliability and performance levels with higher orders of magnitude compared to today.

This connectivity should be possible even in areas without network coverage, e.g., due to shadowing or other obstructions, for example thanks to relaying signals between vehicles. Most foreseen applications cannot be implemented with today’s communication technologies. This is why there are high expectations on 5G. With the introduction of technologies allowing improved performances there can be a myriad of new applications. For example, one can envision tele-operated driving – where a disabled individual could be driven with the help of a remote driver in areas where highly automatic driving is not possible. This would generate a new mobility dimension for disabled people and would enhance safety for frail and elderly people during complex traffic situations.

The main use cases identified on automotive industry5 are: Automated driving, Share My View, Bird’s Eye View, Digitalization of Transport and Logistics, and Information Society on the road.

5G will transform networks into intelligent orchestration platforms and pave the way for new business models and value propositions by cementing strong relationships between vendors, operators and verticals. It will also integrate seamlessly different enabling technologies (e.g. mobile, fixed, satellite and optical).

5G-PPP is a collaborative research programme belonging to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. With a lifetime from 2014 to 2020, it aims to foster industry-driven research, which is controlled by business-related, performance and societal KPIs and is open for international cooperation and participation.

Source: ERTICO ITS Europe


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