Audi, BMW and Daimler are teaming up with leading businesses in the mobile industry to form the ‘5G Automotive Association’ which they say will develop solutions addressing road safety and self-driving through connected car solutions.
Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Qualcomm, technology firm Intel and the auto manufacturers say they will develop and test communications solutions with applications “such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation”.
The Mobile Live website says the project is already being regarded as a way for the mobile and car industries to build technology expertise necessary to take on new rivals like Uber and Google, which are also working on autonomous driving technology.
The group’s work will extend to supporting standardisation, while accelerating commercial availability and global market penetration.
The 5G aspect of the partnership will focus on the shift towards IoT and digitalisation of industries, which includes the development of car specific solutions like Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) communication.
It explained that 5G will be better placed to support mission critical communications for safer driving, and “will further support enhanced vehicle to everything communications and mobility solutions”.