5G Americas Offers White Paper on V2X Communications
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Comments

Industry trade association 5G Americas announced the publication of “Cellular V2X Communications Towards 5G,” a whitepaper outlining the role of 5G technologies in cellular-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

The automotive industry is rapidly evolving toward producing vehicles that are increasingly aware of their surroundings. A key enabler of this evolution is cellular V2X (C-V2X) communications, which allows a vehicle to communicate with other vehicles, pedestrians, roadside equipment and the internet.

“International standards for C-V2X communication are currently being developed and will positively affect our everyday lives,” said Chris Pearson, president, 5G Americas. “The rapidly evolving connected car market truly demonstrates the speed at which we are progressing in the evolving mobile wireless industry. The 5G-based solutions for vehicles will aim to provide advanced vehicle-to-everything communications capabilities offering the promise for efficient transportation, improved safety and much more in the near future.”

For many years, there has been a goal that vehicles should be able to communicate with not only other vehicles (V2V) but also with nearby infrastructure (V2I), internet-based networks (V2N) and pedestrians (V2P). Collectively, these use cases have become known as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity. New vehicles are capable of taking a more active role by warning drivers of potential collisions with oncoming vehicles, assisting with emergency braking and monitoring intersections, as examples. This represents a big step forward from relying on passive safety features such as seat belts and air bags.

In addition, industry analyst Emil Olbrich has said the development of V2X and mass adoption could help public safety enable Long Term Evolution (LTE) direct mode for mission-critical LTE networks.

Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 14 is slated to support C-V2X communications for basic safety use cases. The development of the 3GPP standards to 5G-based V2X solutions will add advanced features with high density, very high throughput, ultrahigh reliability, ultralow latency and submeter positioning. These technologies will provide innovative advancements to the connected and autonomous cars as 5G will enable improved quality of service, lower latency, enhanced broadband access and global connectivity.

Dr. Michaela Vanderveen from Qualcomm and Kunal Shukla of HPE, as well as representatives from member companies on 5G Americas’ board of governors, developed the whitepaper, which is available free to download here.

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