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Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group partner on automotive 5G applications

The 5G partnership will focus on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architectures

Swedish telecom vendor Ericsson, French telecommunications firm Orange and car manufacturer PSA Group have signed a partnership agreement to conduct 5G technology pilots for automotive applications.

Through the “Towards 5G” connected car partnership, the three companies aim to leverage the 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport system (ITS) to improve road safety, new automotive and in-car services.

The partnership is technically focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture and real-time performances for the deployment of ITS and connected services in vehicles.

Orange said that the initial tests use end-to-end architecture system with LTE technology and will evolve to LTE-V and 5G technology.

The telco also said that the first use cases on Cooperative ITS have been defined and are currently tested on the field test track.

In the “Towards 5G” connected car initiative, Ericsson provides the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service. Meanwhile, Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases.

PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

As a result of their collaboration, the partners will identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.

“Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalized services in their vehicles,” said Carla Gohin, Research, Innovation and Advanced Technologies VP, PSA Group.

“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board systems software permanently up-to-date,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, EVP, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange. “By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020.”

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