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Vehicle-to-X-Communication: Fraunhofer FOKUS and Huawei use LTE-V2X-products for the first time in Germany

News from Oct. 01, 2018

LTE-Vehicle-to-anything (V2X) is the new specification for the direct traffic related communication. Fraunhofer FOKUS integrates the first commercial LTE-V2X-products from Huawei, which provide the network technology in the roadside base stations and in the cars, into their digital urban traffic test field in Berlin. Vehicles, for example, can be warned even faster of a breakdown vehicle.

Improving road safety through intelligent traffic systems is an essential advantage, expected from the growing number of connected cars on the way towards fully autonomous driving. LTE-V2X is a technology for direct vehicle-to-vehicle as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-network communication. It is internationally regarded as a basic precondition for connected driving and a basis for future 5G-use. The LTE extension enables the direct traffic related data exchange – without detouring via a central backend as e.g. with the 3G-standard. The connected cars can exchange information about e.g. the position, speed or an obstacle with other surrounding cars quickly and robustly.

Huawei, a leading supplier of mobile network equipment, offers the first commercial LTE-V2X based products for the road and vehicle. Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems are now planning to integrate the Huawei LTE-V2X products into the Fraunhofer FOKUS-operated Digital Test Field in Berlin.

Building on many years of work by the European standardization organization ETSI on the WLAN V2X standard, several use cases will be developed in the test field on the basis of the now commercially available LTE V2X transmission technology.