European Auto Manufacturers, Telcos to Test Connected and Automated Driving

Europe’s leading trade associations for the telecommunications and the automotive sectors, including the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, GSMA, ETNO and ECTA, announced a project to test connected and automated driving.

The main objective is to “strengthen Europe’s leadership in connected and automated driving.”

The industry-led project will focus on use cases and test functionalities in three main areas: automated driving, road safety and traffic efficiency, and the digitalization of transport and logistics.

That will include testing of high-density platooning, cooperative collision avoidance, remote control parking, local-hazard warnings and traffic flow optimisation. High definition maps will be updated with a fast connection to the internet on phone or other mobile devices.

Safety, cyber-security and protection of personal data, quality of service and network latency, will be prioritised and addressed during the different use cases and functionalities’ testing.

A first phase, to run from 2017 until 2019, will feature tests on available communication technologies, such as LTE – Long-Term Evolution – (4G) technology.

A second phase, to run until 2021, will be based on both 4G and 5G networks.
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