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Connected car: technology companies and carmakers launch consortium

Connected car: technology companies and carmakers launch consortium

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt



Intel is already heavily involved in developing technologies that would finally enable automated driving: Together with BMW and Mobileye (which Intel acquired in the meantime), the company plans to develop a platform for automated driving. Also Denso and Continental are participating in the project; also Fiat Chrysler entered the group recently.

Ericsson is also involved in multiple projects aiming at developing 5G infrastructure and applications related to the car. One of the projects that made headlines is the 5G-ConnectedMobility project. On the “Digital Test Field Highway” which Ericsson and the project partners are implementing a dedicated network infrastructure in a real application environment, in particular to carry out tests in the areas of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and digital railway infrastructure with 5G technology. The test track includes an approximately 30-kilometer-long section of the A9 federal motorway as well as the rapid-transit railway line between the connection points Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding in Bavaria. Further members of the 5G-ConnectedMobility consortium are the BMW Group, German railroad company Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone and the 5G Lab Germany at Dresden University of Technology.


The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium said it will initially focus on optimized network design with increased network capacities through edge computing. In this way, large amounts of data are to be transferred efficiently between vehicles and the cloud. Further objectives are the definition of requirements and the development of application examples for the use of mobile terminals in the vehicle. In addition, the consortium also promotes the development of best practices for the Distributed / Layered Computing approach, which, among other things, decentralizes computing performance.

The data volume transferred between vehicles and the cloud is estimated to rise to 10 exabytes per month by 2025. That’s about 10,000 times more than today. This trend requires new architectures for network and computing infrastructure. They must support distributed resources and storage capacities and be compatible with existing local and international standards. The cooperation of industrial partners is an important basis for this.

 

 

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