Audi has today announced the formation of the “5G Automotive Association”, with partners Ericsson, Huawei, BMW Group, Intel, Daimler AG, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated.

The association brings together some of the world’s biggest telecom and automotive companies in a bid to develop, test and promote 5G ultra-fast mobile broadband communications solutions, in addition to accelerating its commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services, and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.

With next generation 5G mobile networks and continued strong LTE evolution, which includes cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication, the focus of information and communication technologies is moving even more towards the Internet of Things and the digitalisation of industries.

Next generation mobile networks are expected to outperform today’s networks by handling a much greater volume of data, connecting more devices, significantly reducing latency and bringing new levels of reliability. Among the many benefits, 5G will further support enhanced vehicle-to-everything communications and connected mobility solutions, both of which are especially applicable to piloted driving.

These new solutions bring new technological and business opportunities for both the automotive and ICT industries, and members of the new association will closely collaborate in order to realise their full potential. The association will address key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks; and integrate vehicle platforms with enhanced connectivity, networking and computing solutions. The main activities of the association include:

– Defining use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies.
– Supporting standardisation and regulatory bodies, certification and approval processes.
– Addressing vehicle-to-everything technology requirements, such as wireless connectivity, security, privacy, authentication, distributed cloud architectures and more.
– Running joint innovation and development projects which will lead to integrated solutions, interoperability testing, large-scale pilots and trial deployments.

Alfons Pfaller, Head of Infotainment Development at Audi, said: “Connected cars will shape the future of individual mobility, and next generation mobile networks will take car?to?x connectivity to a new level. The key to success is in cross-industry collaboration. This is why we set up the 5G Automotive Association where experts from all relevant fields are teaming up.”

The 5G Automotive Association is a global association and welcomes more partners who are engaged in the automotive industry, the ICT industry or the broader ecosystem and value chain for vehicle and road transportation systems. Several companies have already expressed strong support for the 5GAA and declared their intent to join it in the near future.

Christoph Voigt, Audi, has been appointed Chairperson of the Board and Dino Flore, Qualcomm, has been appointed Director General of the Association.

The 5GAA will support and work in close cooperation with national and regional initiatives, such as the European Connected & Automated Driving Pre-Deployment Project.

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