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At Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, Continental and Vodafone will demonstrate ‘digital safety shield’ technology that can prevent car crashes.

The 5G and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) software is a product of the companies’ road safety partnership announced last summer. The innovation provides connectivity and communication between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, receiving data from smartphones and the direction vehicles are travelling through a cellular network.

Pedestrians and cyclists’ smartphones react to the driver’s V2X software, issuing warnings if the system predicts a collision. By using in-vehicle cameras, mobile edge computing and 5G technology, Continental and Vodafone can ensure safer roads within cities like Barcelona.

“There could be cars on our streets that offer all road users more safety from as early as the beginning of the 2020s. Cars will become smartphones on wheels, with sensors and cameras that communicate in real time via mobile communications, warn of dangers, and protect us,” said Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter.


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