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5G and the future of mobility

5G is better equipped to carry out critical communications for safer driving, support enhanced V2X, and connected mobility solutions.

As a pioneer in digital mapping, in-car navigation, and mobility solutions, we at HERE are excited about the opportunities 5G technology presents for automated vehicles and connected mobility. And more than just sitting by and watching how 5G will change the space – and how we use Space writ large – we've joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.

Besides HERE, the 5GAA's 100-plus member base includes founding members AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated. (Discloser: AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler, and Intel are majority owners of HERE Technologies, and HERE was previously a subsidiary of Nokia.)

“Joining the 5GAA signifies our commitment to emerging technologies that will better mobility around the world,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE. “5G will usher in the future of the automotive and telecommunications industries by enabling new in-car services, enhanced safety and autonomous driving. HERE will contribute to the 5GAA's mission by providing a rich location context, so these emerging technologies can orient themselves in and navigate through this new world.”

“We are excited to welcome HERE into the 5GAA and welcome the company's expertise in location technology to bring us closer to the next generation of automated vehicle solutions and new mobility technologies,” said Christof Voigt, chairman of 5GAA.

The potential of 5G

The increased speed and capacity of 5G compared to other wireless standards increases the level of efficiency and safety that autonomous vehicles would be able to deliver to drivers and pedestrians alike. The increased bandwidth would allow connected cars to receive constant updates from other 5G-connected devices: a pedestrian's cell phone, other cars, traffic infrastructure, and more – giving the vehicles a clearer and more accurate picture of the what's around them and what awaits them down the road. The increased speed would allow them to communicate and react faster to everything the cars share a that road with.

For example, in live demonstrations performed earlier this year by the 5GAA in Turin, 5G connected cars were able to identify and react to pedestrians crossing in front of them, a connected bike riding beside them, and other cars that presented collision risks on straight ways and cross junctions. Additionally, 5G would enable “see-through” functions to help drivers avoid dangerous overtaking and merging. Emergency services would be able to visualize an emergency situation using on-board cameras of surrounding vehicles, improving response times and providing situational awareness prior to arriving at the scene.

The improved capabilities of 5G make autonomous or assisted driving more feasible, and more trustworthy to a public rightfully skeptical of the still nascent technology. As part of the 5GAA, we hope to keep on improving the technology through sophisticated location data and transportation infrastructure solutions.

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