5G technology is coming to the automotive industry
The 5G-IANA project aims to offer 5G technology to start-ups and smEs in the automotive sector. The European project launched a few months ago involves a total of 16 partners from 8 European countries to accelerate the design and use of 5G networks in key sectors of the automotive industry, where practical 5G/B5G business applications can offer huge potential.
A coordinating role in the European project is played by the Greek side, which is represented by the research team ISENSE Research Group of the Research University Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Through the open 5G experimental platform that will be developed within the framework of the project, small and medium-sized enterprises operating in key sectors of the automotive industry will develop, test and evaluate their services before they move to the final stage of commercial exploitation.
Thus going beyond the framework of a pure technological approach, the project moves directly towards the market and sets the goal of the rapid and widespread adoption of 5G services in the market.
Thus, over the next three years, seven pilot tests will be carried out on two existing 5G infrastructures, in Ulm, Germany and Ljubljana, Slovenia, while a new architecture will be proposed as well as new mechanisms for orchestrating network applications and managing virtual network functions (VNF),
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The aim is to enable the development of network services in various fields in the automotive sector, e.g. in vehicles, road infrastructure, mobile edge computing (MEC nodes) and cloud resources.
It will provide real-time alerts while driving and in emergencies – as well as the environmental benefits – e.g. by using data to improve traffic flow and save energy in transport.