Ericsson, Orange and PSA working ‘Towards 5G’

Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group will work together to test 5G technology for connected vehicles.

The ‘Towards 5G’ connected car initiative is an important opportunity for the three partners to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges of new mobility services and of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Towards 5G is technically focused on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture and real-time performances for the deployment of ITS and connected services in vehicles.

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, while PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

As a result of their collaboration, the partners will 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.

Carla Gohin, research, innovation and advanced technologies VP, PSA Group, said, ‘Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalised services in their vehicles.’

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, executive vice president, innovation, marketing and technologies, Orange, added, ‘Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board 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.’

Charlotta Sund, vice president and head of customer group industry and society, Ericsson, concluded, ‘5G technology will play a key role in the transport system of tomorrow. Ericsson is bringing Networks, IT and specific innovative solutions to the automotive industry. 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.’