Goal is to investigate how 5G and mobile edge computing could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road to reduce collisions.
Honda and Verizon are researching how 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could help improve safety for connected and autonomous vehicles.
In partnership with the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles, the companies intend to explore a range of safety scenarios to enhance threat detection and avoid accidents.
The project’s goal is to investigate how 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road to reduce collisions and save lives.
According to the companies, super-fast, reliable and low-latency data transmission at the edge of the network is essential for connected vehicle safety.
Verizon claims its 5G and MEC platforms bring the power of the cloud closer to the vehicle, lowering latency, offering massive bandwidth, and improving communications and connectivity between drivers, other cars, traffic lights, pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
“Honda’s research collaboration with Verizon is an important step in our multi-year effort to develop connected vehicle safety technology to realise our vision for a collision-free society,” said Ehsan Moradi Pari, research group lead at Honda’s Advanced Technology Research Division.
“While the research is preliminary and not intended as a product feature at this time, 5G-enabled vehicle communication and MEC have the potential to advance safety for everyone sharing the road.”
Since 2017, Honda has been developing a technology to realise a collision-free society called Safe Swarm. Using cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication, it is designed to enable vehicles to communicate with other road users and share key information such as location, speed, and vehicle sensor data.
“The ability to move computing power to the edge of our 5G network is an essential building block for autonomous and connected vehicles, helping cars to communicate with each other in near real-time”
One limitation of this approach is the need to outfit each vehicle with onboard artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. The use of 5G helps move the AI capabilities from the vehicle to the MEC, reducing the need for AI onboard each vehicle, Honda reports.
Using Verizon’s 5G ultra-wideband, MEC and V2X software platforms, Honda and Verizon explored three safety scenarios:
“The ability to move computing power to the edge of our 5G network is an essential building block for autonomous and connected vehicles, helping cars to communicate with each other in near real-time, and with sensors and cameras installed in streets and traffic lights,” said Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of technology development and 5G labs at Verizon.
“When you consider that roughly 42,000 people were killed in car accidents last year and 94 per cent of accidents are caused by human error, our new technologies including 5G and MEC can help drivers ‘see’ things before the human eye can register and react helping to prevent collisions and save lives.”
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