GSMA has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) for accelerating the deployment of connected cars.
The global trade groups will work across industries to focus on privacy/security, common standards and target the 5.9 GHz spectrum band specifically for the internet of vehicles. Both organisations support cellular-based solutions – both direct and network-based V2X communications — to connect vehicles to each other, road users, roadside infrastructure and cloud-based services.
“Together we can find faster, smarter and cheaper solutions to the challenges of connected driving,” said Afke Schaart, Vice President and Head of Europe for the GSMA.
“These solutions will reduce fatalities on the road and emissions in the air,” added Schaart.
“C-V2X technology is set to revolutionise the mobility ecosystem and the way vehicles and drivers interact with the world, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists,” said Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer, 5GAA.
“It is an essential stepping stone for the ongoing digitisation of transportation by providing real-time, highly reliable, and actionable information flows to enable road safety, traffic efficiency and environmental progress,” added Flament.
The push for C-V2X will not only help save lives, but also, improve the quality of life in smart cities. Each year about 1.35 million people die worldwide in traffic accidents, the majority caused by human error, according to the World Health Organization. As V2X technology evolves that number should decline.