Vodafone and Continental have formed a new innovation-driving partnership at CeBIT to improve the safety of German roads with smart vehicle connectivity and to protect all road users with innovation. The two partners are already working on applications at Vodafone’s 5G mobility lab. A digital shield for pedestrians and a traffic jam warning system are two of the focal projects. They will be implemented with 5G, cellular vehicle-to-everything (cellular V2X) and mobile edge computing.
As many as 7100 accidents occur every day on German roads leading to around 1060 injuries and nine deaths, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Vodafone and Continental are committed to reducing the accident rate with new connectivity technologies in a collaboration to improve road safety. The two partners are testing out new concepts that will benefit drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at the 5G Mobile Lab in Aldenhoven.
“A mobile phone with a digital shield function can save lives on the roads. Collaborations spawn innovations, and innovations mean progress. The progress that will revolutionise our roads” said Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter.
The partners are optimizing the wireless network to cope with the immense data requirements of the automotive industry at the 5G Mobility Lab. Tomorrow’s fully automated vehicles will generate up to one gigabyte of data every minute, some of which will be shared with other road users. 5G, the next generation of cellular network technology, will be capable of processing up to 10 gigabits of data per second and make it possible for millions of cars to communicate with each other simultaneously. Continental and Vodafone are also testing mobile edge computing technology – a technology that enables cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the cellular network. This technology significantly reduces both the volume of data to be transmitted and the transmission path and puts information processing speeds into an entirely new dimension.
“Continental has been working to connect vehicles to each other and to the infrastructure for more than 20 years. Today’s vehicles need superior automotive technology and superior connectivity technology. The cooperation with Vodafone brings experts from both worlds together to develop solutions with smart communication technologies such as 5G, cellular V2X and mobile edge computing that make our roads safer,” said Johann Hiebl, Head of the Infotainment and Connectivity Business Unit at Continental.