Mobile Network Operator KPN and ERTICO Partners VTT and TNO tested a collision-avoidance application using 5G at the 5G-MOBIX  project’s Trial Site in the Netherlands during the first week of September. The collision-avoidance application is developed by VTT and can run as an app on the network edge and in vehicles.

The application can be used with both short-range and long-range communication. When used in vehicles with short-range communication, the vehicles themselves will detect a possible collision and then negotiate a new route to prevent it. By using 5G network for long-range communication, the application runs at the network edge, detecting possible collisions and directing the vehicles to safer routes. This versatility can be useful at intersections where many connected vehicles need to cross simultaneously.

As vehicles will be connected to different networks in the future, tests were also performed with two separate networks – one from TNO and one from KPN –  both using 5G radio and 5G core, with KPN using a 5G core from Ericsson with an edge near the test location. During the tests, the two vehicles, while connected to two different networks, exchanged messages using federation among message broker.

The Netherlands trial site is one among the six trial sites and two cross-border corridors where the 5G-MOBIX project intends to develop and test automated vehicle functionalities using 5G core technological innovations under conditions of vehicular traffic, network coverage, service demand, as well as considering the inherently distinct legal, business and social local aspects.

You can watch the video of the tests here.

The 5G-MOBIX project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 825496.