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February 19, 2019

Telefónica and Seat show 5G connected car use cases for safer driving in a city environment

At MWC 2019 and within the framework of the 5G Barcelona agreement with Ficosa, ETRA, i2Cat and Mobile World Capital Barcelona

•The road infrastructure and vulnerable road users will “speak” with the car as the mobile network issues car-alerts to avert any danger or complex situations.
•The connected car communicates with all the surrounding elements using Ficosa’s C-V2X technology, which offers two types of communications: traditional via mobile network; and direct, point-to-point connectivity.
•The deployment of 5G capabilities, specifically Ericsson’s Edge Computing solution, makes these use cases possible by providing computing capacity at the edge of the network and minimum latencies.
•Leveraging on the high bandwidth provided by 5G, this is also the world’s first case of 5G in-car entertainment with 4K content downloads provided by Qualcomm Technologies next generation mobile platform.

The streets of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat will be the scenario of the connected car and 5G assisted driving use cases in a real environment thanks to the joint work of Telefónica, SEAT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Ficosa, ETRA e i2CAT, and with the collaboration of CTTC and UPC. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. -a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated-, also participated, by equipping both vehicles and their surrounding elements with technology that enables them to exchange information with the main objective of increasing road safety. The project is framed within the 5G Barcelona initiative, aimed at consolidating the city of Barcelona as the reference 5G hub in Europe.

The two technologies bringing these use cases to life is C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything). C-V2X technology offers assisted driving by allowing the vehicle to communicate with all the elements around it (cars, traffic lights, traffic signals, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles…). In addition, for the cars to be able to “talk” to the city, latency needs to be minimal and, therefore, it is necessary to deploy 5G capabilities into the current network, specifically the Edge Computing server, a large distributed brain, hosting content and applications very close to where the user is consuming them.



SEAT contributed with two vehicles, Ateca and Arona models, equipped with the latest technology in connectivity and instrument panels that issue warnings to the driver. Telefónica provides the end-to-end connectivity and, as a novelty, is opening-up its network so third parties can deploy applications at the edge of the network, such as traffic management for this use case. Ficosa has developed and produced the in-car C-V2X communications platform that allows the transmission of information from the car to any entity that might impact the vehicle, and vice versa; i2CAT, in charge of the development of the ultra-precise location solution for bicycles; ETRA, supplier of the road infrastructure that provided connectivity with the traffic light system, and Mobile World Capital Barcelona, representing 5G Barcelona, the global supervisor of the project, also offering management support.Ericsson has provided 5G technology and Qualcomm Technologies the 5G connectivity platform both for the network communication and for the direct communication.


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