6G project aims to connect cars and drones

6G project aims to connect cars and drones

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By Nick Flaherty

Bosch is leading a €13m project in Germany for 6G technologies for connected vehicles and drones.

The 6G-ICAS4Mobility project aims to more closely interconnect the communication and sensing systems (ICAS), which currently run separately, and to integrate them into a single 6G system. Over the next three years, the project will develop crucial foundations of the future 6G standard

Real-time sensor data from different mobile units such as vehicles or drones will need to be coordinated and combined via 6G mobile communications to create a more precise picture of vehicles’ surroundings.

The project aims to take research into practice so that it can then be used in the future mobile communications standard which is expected to be developed for 2028.

“ICAS is considered a key technology for future 6G systems. It will open up completely new possibilities that go far beyond the potential of current wireless technologies,” says Andreas Müller, the initiator of 6G-ICAS4Mobility and project manager of 6G activities at the consortium leader Bosch.

“Shared use of the wireless spectrum, the hardware, and the signal processing makes it possible to implement all systems far more efficiently overall, and to significantly save costs and energy at the same time.”

A key focus of the project is the sidelink that enables direct communication between two vehicles. This can be used independently of the existing mobile communications infrastructure but requires standardisation. This means that, in the future, autonomous driving will also be possible in regions with poor cellular coverage.

The project partners include Denso Automotive and NXP Semiconductors as well as IMST, Hensold Sensors and Missing Link Electronics. Researchers include Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Ulm University, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and the technical universities at Kaiserslautern and Ilmenau. The drone partner is agriculture and monitoring data firm AeroDCS.

The German government is funding 6G research with E700m to 2025 while the EU has budgeted another 900 million euros for 2021 through 2027.;



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