Ericsson & Orange Alliance Aims to Create 5G Superhighway

A new partnership between Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group promises to make connected, autonomous vehicles a reality. 

The “Towards 5G” connected car partnership aims to leverage 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport systems, improve road safety, and enable new automotive and in-car services.

The partnership is focused on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-everything architecture, as well as the technologies required to deploy real-time ITS and connected vehicle services. Initial tests will use an end-to-end architecture system based on LTE technology before evolving to LTE-V and 5G technologies.

“5G technology will play a key role in the transport system of tomorrow.” said Charlotta Sund, Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry & Society at Ericsson. “Along with key players like PSA and Orange, we will ensure the required levels of safety and security as well as contributing to a more sustainable and smart society,”

Vehicle “Transparency”

 The first use cases for Cooperative ITS have been defined are currently being tested. These include the ability to share images between connected vehicles on a road so that the driver in the following vehicle can “see through” the vehicle ahead; and real-time notification that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

The “Towards 5G” connected car initiative is an important step for the three firms and aims to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges posed by new mobility services and the Internet of Things.

Ericsson will provide the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service. Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases. PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0.” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, EVP at Orange. “Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep onboard systems software permanently up-to-date. By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020,”

As a result of their collaboration, the partners hope to develop a comprehensive experience of the requirements for a 5G infrastructure that fits to the needs of the connected vehicles industry. They will also identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.