Magna to test its ADAS in 5G enabled test tracks

AURORA, Ontario, December 4, 2023 – Magna is joining NorthStar – Telia Sweden and Ericsson’s 5G innovation program for industrial enterprises. Telia and Ericsson have built a dedicated, private 5G network at Magna’s test track in Vårgårda, Sweden. The network is part of an agreement to trial new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) solutions. The trials focus on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity.

As part of NorthStar, Magna will have access to 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology. This technology enables low latency gigabit speeds and seamless connectivity for new ADAS trials. Additionally, the use of mmWave technology enables ongoing research into joint sensing and communication systems.

“By utilizing the latest advancements in mobile networks, we are able to accelerate the automotive domain by offering sensor enhancements. As a result, we can offer more capable and competitive ADAS products,” said Bill Snider, President of Electronics.

“Our focus is not only on meeting challenging technical requirements. We also emphasize developing products that can help anticipate critical situations to prevent accidents, ultimately making the roads safer for all.”

Magna’s test track will feature the 5G network, delivering gigabits data speeds and ultra-low latency. This network is crucial for Magna’s driving automation and driver support systems. It also leverages the 26GHz frequency band and 400MHz bandwidth, relying on real-time data from vehicle sensors. Fast network speeds and quick response times are essential for timely alerts to drivers, preventing accidents, and minimizing their impact.

NorthStar’s 5G network is powered by Ericsson dual-mode 5G Core, which connects to Telia’s existing public 5G network. This interconnectivity will enable Magna to benefit from high-speed connectivity across large geographical areas.

“As an industry leader in ADAS technologies, Magna is exactly the kind of company we envisioned joining us when we started the NorthStar program,” said Magnus Leonhardt, Head of innovation and strategy at Telia Sweden’s enterprise business unit. “The solutions they develop are based on the premise that vehicles and road users can share data in near real-time. To achieve that requires ultra-fast and reliable connectivity that you can trust. Engineers precisely developed 5G for that purpose. Moreover, this is a great opportunity to really push the boundaries of 5G and the millimeter wave technology.”

Magna’s ADAS technology supports driver safety by effectively reducing the risk of serious accidents or preventing them altogether by controlling steering, brakes, and acceleration. By integrating the driver’s needs and environment, Magna creates an exceptional driving experience. Moreover, these advanced technologies pave the way for future autonomous driving and new mobility solutions.

“We thrill at Magna joining NorthStar and look forward to empowering global leaders within the automotive industry with the capabilities of 5G. Ericsson’s 5G mmWave technology enables a broad set of use cases with its low latency and very high speeds that will be key for new time-sensitive safety applications.”, said Nora Wahby, Head of Northern and Central Europe, at Ericsson.

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