The trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide, the GSMA, has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with the 5G Automotive Association to work on privacy/security, common standards and target the 5.9GHz spectrum band specifically for the internet of vehicles.
Both organisations support cellular-based solutions – both direct and network-based V2X communications — to connect vehicles to each other, road users, roadside infrastructure and cloud-based services.
“Together we can find faster, smarter and cheaper solutions to the challenges of connected driving,” said Afke Schaart, Vice President and Head of Europe, GSMA. “These solutions will reduce fatalities on the road and emissions in the air.”
The organisations say the push for C-V2X will not only help save lives, but also, improve the quality of life in smart cities. The US Department of Transportation estimates that V2X could save more than 1,000 people a year in the US alone, and reduce non-fatal injuries by 2.3 million.
“C-V2X technology is set to revolutionise the mobility ecosystem and the way vehicles and drivers interact with the world, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists,” said Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer of 5GAA. “It is an essential stepping stone for the ongoing digitisation of transportation by providing real-time, highly reliable, and actionable information flows to enable road safety, traffic efficiency and environmental progress.”