The new project will evolve, test and promote communications solutions for connected mobility.

Three arch rivals in the premium automotive segment are joining forces to create the 5G Automotive Association, which will “develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration.” Audi, Daimler, and BMW will “address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving.”

We are approaching the introduction of the next generation 5G mobile networks, which are expected to handle much more data volume, connect many more devices, significantly reduce latency, and bring new levels of reliability. The three German automakers believe 5G connections can “better support mission-critical communications for safer driving” and “will further support enhanced vehicle-to-everything communications and connected mobility solutions.”

The main activities of the new association include:

  • Defining and harmonizing use cases, technical requirements and implementation strategies.
  • Supporting standardization 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 leading to integrated solutions, interoperability testing, large scale pilots and trial deployments.

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz will be working together with telecommunications giants Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm Incorporated on the new project. The Association is open to further partners and its current members say several companies have already expressed the interest to join in the near future.

“Connected cars will shape the future of individual mobility, and next generation mobile networks will take car to x connectivity to a new level,” Alfons Pfaller, head of infotainment development at Audi comments. “We expect 5G to become the worldwide dominating mobile communications standard of the next decade,” his colleague Christoph Grote from BMW Group added, while Sajjad Khan from Daimler declared “the connected car enables us to offer our customers services, both inside and outside the vehicle, which make their daily routine tasks easier, increase comfort and safety and thus create considerable added value.”

For more details chec out the press release section below.

Note: Audi's Virtual Cockpit pictured.

Source: Audi, BMW, Daimler

Photo: Audi

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