HERE Technologies, Porsche and Vodafone are trialling how 5G technology and highly precise location determination can improve traffic safety and reduce the number of road accidents in the future. The three companies are collaborating in the development of a real-time warning system so that vehicles and their drivers can receive hazard warnings directly, without any delay, and therefore be responded to immediately.
At the Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven, Germany, the partners are testing the warning system under conditions, similar to everyday situations, for the first time.
Captured by camera and sensor systems, using artificial intelligence and precisely localised with high-definition map and positioning technology, the data gathered will be processed and evaluated directly on the roadside and on the edge of the network through Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).
In the form of dedicated alerts using 5G mobile network technology, the data can then be transmitted without delay to road users travelling towards the hazard.
Following the initial tests, HERE Technologies, Porsche and Vodafone plan to further optimise the real-time warning system and evaluate its potential in everyday use. Additional tests will be performed at different locations under a variety of conditions.
“Improving road safety is a key focus for us. Location technology combined with 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing enables powerful solutions that make roads safer, providing better mobility experiences for road users,” says Antina Lee from the Product Innovation team at HERE Technologies.
Michael Reinartz, Director of Innovation at Vodafone Germany, adds: “If cars warn each other about hazards in real time, human lives can be saved. 5G and data processing on the roadside help to transmit hazard warnings without delay and make road traffic even safer. We are currently trialling this under everyday conditions.”
André Schlufter, who is responsible for Connectivity and SIM Management at Porsche AG, explains: “This PoC gives us an opportunity to conduct research in the field of 5G and test the latest technology and location services for the development of potential future products.”
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