Improved road safety using mobile technology

Connected car project awarded at Cebit 2016
Connected cars, Deutsche telekom, Germany, LTE, Mobile technology, Nokia, Road safety, Wireless

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The "Real-Time Communication between vehicles via the LTE Mobile Network" project jointly launched by Continental, Deutsche Telekom, the Fraunhofer ESK Institute, and Nokia on the A9 motorway in Germany has won the top award in the best-practice competition of the intelligent networking initiative in the "traffic" category. All award winners were honored during Cebit 2016 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Intelligent Networking Initiative.

"With the 'Applications on the A9 Digital Test Track' project, we are especially delighted to honor a partnership of telecommunication companies, the automotive industry, and research. Broad and transparent dialog is a core element of the Intelligent Networking Initiative, and the project is a real-life example of how cross-industry cooperation is contributing to the success of digitization in Germany," said Thilo Zelt, head of the Intelligent Networking Initiative.

In this award-winning joint project, vehicles traveling on the digital test track  share hazard information via the LTE mobile network. This is accomplished by the use of technology, to be defined by the global, 5G communication standard. For the first time, communication takes place virtually in real time because the signal latency between two vehicles is reduced to less than 20 milliseconds through the use of plug-in modules – or "cloudlets" – installed at the LTE base stations.
By pooling their core competencies, the project partners have demonstrated how large-scale, real-time communication between vehicles and infrastructure could look in the future. The LTE mobile technology was developed by Nokia and the network constructed by Deutsche Telekom.

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom said: "The development of 5G technology has reached an exciting phase globally. We're not just talking about it – we're trialing it, too. Our joint project demonstrates how driving can be made much safer. This is all possible thanks to an intelligent infrastructure that adapts itself in line with people's needs and, in this case, allows an extremely long time in which to react, and helps to prevent hazardous situations."

"Receiving this award for best-practice solution in the traffic sector strengthens our resolve to continue developing intelligent mobility of the future. From the point of view of Continental, the internet actually improves the vehicle because real-time communication among road users with other vehicles and the infrastructure enhances safety, comfort, and efficiency on the roads”, said Frank Försterling, head of sales and portfolio for interior electronics solutions, in the interior division at Continental.

Markus Borchert, senior vice president, market Europe, Nokia Networks said: “We are convinced that intelligent mobile network technology can help to ensure that the number of traffic accidents will decrease in the future and that driving will be safer. Mobile edge computing as the technological core of our project brings cloud computing to the road, accelerates the communication between drivers and vehicles and provides the blueprint for the development of 5G networks. The success of the project honored with this award strengthens our strong belief that mobile technology is an important element for safe and connected driving.”

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