Volvo, China Unicom join forces for 5G V2X development

January 15, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volvo, China Unicom join forces for 5G V2X development
China is so far the only country that has made a clear commitment to the introduction to the C-ITS flavor of V2X technology based on 5G communications technology. In order to be at the forefront of this development, carmaker Volvo now has joined forces with telco China Unicom to jointly develop this technology.

The two companies have agreed to work together in researching, developing and testing automotive applications of 5G and emerging vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. As 5G has a higher data capacity and offers lower response times than its 4G predecessor, it is appealing for many real-time data applications in cars as well as between cars and the traffic infrastructure.  

The partners are investigating a range of different applications of 5G technology in the communication between cars and infrastructure in China, identifying potential improvements in areas such as safety, sustainability, customer convenience and autonomous driving.

For example, when a car is aware of upcoming traffic issues such as road works, congestion or accidents, it can take pre-emptive action such as slowing down or suggesting a different route. This can help boost traffic safety for people inside the car, while avoiding start-and-stop traffic improves efficient energy use. Other examples include the possibility for cars to find open parking spots easier with the help of traffic cameras. Cars may also communicate with traffic lights in order to establish an optimal speed and create a so-called ‘green wave’, and with each other to optimise safe exits and entries from and onto highways.

“With 5G, the network performance is improving to allow for many more real-time critical services that can help the driver be safer and get a smoother and more enjoyable ride”, said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars.

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