Continental, NTT Docomo bring 5G to V2X and infotainment

Continental, NTT Docomo bring 5G to V2X and infotainment

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

During the technology shows Automotive Engineering Exposition and Wireless Japan Expo which concurrently are taking place in Yokohama and Tokyo, the partners introduced a prototype devices running 5G-based applications. The 5G technology is currently undergoing the standardization process, but due to features such as ultra-short latency times and high bandwidth, it is expected that its introduction to the markets will mark a breakthrough in terms of data transmission quality and reaction time for applications. Continental is actively involved in the 5G definition process with the perspective to introduce the technology into the car and implement future applications based on 5G.


“With 5G, we have a significant edge over the rest of the industry”, says Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity business group. “The connected vehicle is one of our core competencies. To make the best use of the connected car, we need the bandwidth, the speed and the fast reaction time of 5G wireless networks.”

Through tests with 5G prototype applications, Continental hopes to acquire better understanding of this technology and possible application fields. At the same time, the company expects to identify potential fields for further research.

More or less all major automotive technology trends involve connectivity: Greater driving safety is not only based upon sensor networks in the car and networked sensor signal interpretation but also on additional information from outside the car. Improving the efficiency of driving will increasingly require predictive driving strategies which factor in data from a backend via the cloud and from other vehicles. Automated driving as an important step towards accident-free driving (vision zero) will therefore benefit heavily from the electronic horizon (eHorizon) which integrates digital map data with sensor data for up-to-date maps and real-time traffic information.

Regarding V2X (Vehicle-to-anything) communication, an automated application exchanging safety-relevant data, there has been an intensive discussion across the industry about the best technology for this application. There are two alternatives: DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Radio Communication), which enables cars to interact directly, without latency and no wireless carrier involved. The other alternative is 5G which in some cases would offer not the same excellent response time and, in addition, would require wireless data coverage in most cases. On the other hand, 5G would enable the V2X applications to tap cloud-based data bases and online services.


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