Vodafone 5G, four projects revealed that look at the automotive sector and beyond


                                        Vodafone yesterday unveiled four new 5G projects concerning the automotive sector that exploit the very low latency of the new networks.                                        </p><div>
                                        <p><strong>Vodafone</strong> yesterday presented <strong>four unpublished 5G projects concerning the automotive sector</strong> and an advanced assisted driving system based on the fifth generation mobile network was also shown for the first time in Italy.

On the occasion of the 5G Mobility – Vodafone Conference & Experience Day, it was possible for the event participants to discover the peculiarities of the Urban Cross Traffic Cooperative, of Assisted Driving – See Through, of automated systems for safe driving such as "the highway chauffeur ”and Intelligent Speed ​​Adaptation and Control.

"The very low latency and high reliability of the 5G guarantee the real-time responsiveness of the systems installed on the vehicles, anticipating the motorist's reaction times and increasing safety in mission-critical scenarios, "explains Vodafone. “The ultra-wide 5G band and the communication with Vodafone's Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) infrastructure are also essential to ensure synchronism and fluidity in the real-time exchange of information and video, both between vehicles and between infrastructure and vehicle".


Vodafone in collaboration with FCA, Marelli, Vodafone Automotive, Pirelli, Altran and Milan Polytechnic presented the Urban Cross Traffic Cooperative, a solution that uses V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) and V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) communication for expand the visual range of current security systems in order to avoid the collision between vehicles that approach an intersection, launching visual and acoustic warning signals to the driver up to an automatic emergency braking (AEB – Automatic Emergency Breaking). In this case of use, the 5G guarantees the real-time reactivity of the automatic braking systems, anticipating the reaction times of both the driver and the normal driver assistance systems (anti-collision radar).


Vodafone in collaboration with FCA, Marelli, Vodafone Automotive, Altran and Politecnico di Milano implemented "See Through", which uses V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) communication to exchange high-definition video in real time between vehicles, to end of extend the visual range of the driver in scenarios of obstructed visibility and prevent accidents, in particular when overtaking. Thanks to the 5G, the driver receives the video in real time with the subjective frontal view of the first car that precedes it (the one immediately in front of the vehicle that partially blocks its view) to "see through the obstacle" and verify that the roadway is free and safe in concluding the overtaking maneuver.


Vodafone in collaboration with FCA, Marelli, Vodafone Automotive, Altran, Pirelli and Politecnico di Milano has created "Highway Chauffeur", which uses V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) communication for exchange in real time position and speed information of vehicles circulating in a column on a lane, in order to maintain the correct safety distance, dynamically adapting to traffic conditions, evolving and expanding the range of action of the current standard Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems. Thanks to this solution, it will be possible to improve traffic fluidity, reducing traffic jams, fuel consumption and emissions.


Vodafone in collaboration with FCA, Marelli, Vodafone Automotive, Pirelli, Altran, Milan Polytechnic and ENI Fuel implemented "Intelligent Speed ​​Adaptation and Control", which uses V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) and I2V (Infrastructure-to- Vehicle) for the sharing static and dynamic information of the road ecosystem around the vehicle (speed limits, temporary work, narrowing of the road, dangerous curves, state of traffic lights, etc.) or detected by other surrounding vehicles (dangerous conditions of the road surface, etc.) to dynamically adapt the speed of travel, to goals to increase driving safety and comfort.

To remember that completion of the moments of experience on track of 5G automotive solutions, the guests of 5G Mobility were also able to try the static driving simulator of the partner Polytechnic University of Milan. The I_DRIVE interdepartmental laboratory simulator has enabled the creation of virtual environments that faithfully replicate the dynamics of 5G use cases. Moreover, the simulations and the algorithms developed by the Department of Mechanics of the Politecnico di Milano have allowed to reproduce also scenarios that cannot be realized during the experimentation (for example collision situations) and to scale the use cases in wider contexts. It was therefore possible to demonstrate the effectiveness of systems developed specifically for operation via 5G connectivity in ensuring greater safety and comfort than currently available driver assistance systems.

Vodafone currently offers 5G technology on a commercial network in 5 cities: Turin, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Rome. It also contributes to the national experimentation through the "Action for 5G" tender, with an investment of 10 million euros dedicated to startups, SMEs and social enterprises. Vodafone also built the Vodafone 5G Open Lab in Milan, a facility open to start-ups for the co-creation of 5G solutions and services.

From December 2017, Vodafone is the leader of the experimentation in Milan that has made the Lombard capital the capital of 5G. They have already been made 38 5G projects out of a total of 41, in collaboration with 38 industrial and institutional partners, in the following areas: health and wellness, safety and surveillance, smart energy and smart city, mobility and transport, manufacturing and industry 4.0, education and entertainment.

Finally, the last mile Logistics use case (made with the Milan Polytechnic, e-Novia, Poste Italiane and Esselunga) was presented as an example for the potential applications of autonomous driving and remote vehicle control. The low latency and very high resolution transmission of video flows guaranteed by 5G allow Yape to extricate itself in the narrow and irregular spaces of the cities, reacting in real time to obstacles on the path, becoming more and more autonomous and reducing the impact of pollution and traffic.

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