5G Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM)

The European Commission’s ambition is to focus on these corridors in future EU automated driving projects in the area of digital policies, with links to cybersecurity, privacy, 5G, internet of things, data economy, free flow of data, etc. Eleven “digital cross-border corridors” established inter alia accommodating live tests of 5G for
Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility

Within the European 5G vertical strategy, Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) is considered as a flagship use case for 5G deployment along European transport paths, in view of creating complete ecosystems around vehicles, beyond the safety services targeted by the Cooperative-Intelligent Transport System (CITS) roadmap of Europe.

These corridors include:

  • Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg (France, Germany, Luxembourg)
  • Rotterdam-Antwerp-Eindhoven (Netherlands, Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Porto-Vigo and Merida-Evora (corridor Lisbon – Madrid),
  • the E8 “Aurora Borealis” corridor between Tromsø (Norway) and Oulu (Finland) and
  • the “Nordic Way” between Sweden, Finland, Denmark  and Norway
  • Brenner Corridor: IT-AT-DE
  • Thessaloniki, Sofia-Belgrade: EL-BG-RS
  • EE-LV-LT Via Baltica (E67) Tallinn (EE) – Riga (LV) – Kaunas (LT) – Lithuanian/Polish border
  • LT-PL Via Baltica Kaunas-Warsaw
  • München-Praha

The following map displays the main initiatives from the public authorities.

 

In addition to these initiatives, three Horizon 2020 projects were launched in November 2018 for the conduct of large-scale testing and trials of 5G connectivity for CAM over cross-border corridors, under the umbrella of 5G Public-Private Partnership (5GPPP). Benefiting from a nearly €50 million funding, for a combined total budget of €63 million, the three projects cover three 5G cross-border corridors: Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg (5GCroCo), Porto-Vigo between Spain and Portugal (5G-Mobix), and Bologna-Munich via the Brenner Path (5G-CARMEN). In addition, a small 8 km cross-border segment between Greece and Turkey will be deployed for testing as well.

The 5G corridors make Europe the biggest experiment area rolling out the 5G technology.

In the context of the round table on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD), the industry has initiated the following cooperation initiatives:

European Automotive – Telecom Alliance (EATA)

The Commission initiated a number of High Level Round Table discussions to strengthen the digital dimension of CAM. These discussions have brought together the industrial players from the digital and automotive sectors to develop joint road maps and establish cross-border deployment actions. Among the main achievements of the Round Table is the creation of the “European Automotive – Telecom Alliance” (EATA) to promote the wider deployment of connected & automated driving (read the announcement) .

The first target of the Alliance is to implement the pre-deployment project for testing CAM in a real setting.

5G Automotive Alliance

In parallel, the industry joined up to create the 5G Automotive Alliance (5GAA) to specifically promote 5G in the automotive sector. A Memorandum of Understanding amongst EATA and 5GAA was signed at the Mobile World Congress (February 2017).

CAR2CAR Consortium

The CAR2CAR consortium focuses on wireless vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication applications based on ITS-G5 and concentrates all efforts on creating standards ensuring the interoperability of cooperative systems spanning all vehicles classes, across borders and brands. The Consortium works in close cooperation with the European and international standardisation organisations like the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).

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