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HERE and Verizon partner for 5G-enabled safety and navigation

The partners say the combination of their capabilities paves the way for a more “precise” future.

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Verizon and HERE Technologies have teamed up to create safety and navigational systems based on Verizon’s 5G infrastructure and HERE’s mapping and artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

 

They said they will use “co-innovation” for a wide range of enterprise, industrial and consumer-facing use cases, starting with applications related to vehicle and pedestrian safety such as collision avoidance, and better location identification and navigation for ridesharing pick-up/drop-off and delivery services.

 

HERE will provide Verizon with access to a range of location data, SDKs and APIs from its platform.

 

Proof of concept

 

The companies are jointly launching two proof of concepts (PoC) relating to collision avoidance and a visual positioning service (VPS).

 

In the first PoC, Verizon’s 5G ultra-wideband capabilities will be combined with HERE’s HD Live Map and Live Sense computer vision technology to create a vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication system. HERE’s Live Sense SDK identifies vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and barriers from a vehicle-mounted mobile phone. This data will then be sent to Verizon’s 5G edge, where artificial intelligence (AI) predicts likely travel paths and warns vehicles of impending potential collisions.

 

HERE will provide Verizon with access to a range of location data, SDKs, and APIs from its Platform.

 

The VPS is designed to enable near-instantaneous identification of a specific location with sub-metre accuracy using image capture. Proprietary 3D positioning algorithms from HERE analyse images or videos for accurate positioning, which occurs in near real-time via Verizon’s 5G network. VPS is a complementary solution to signal-based location technologies, such as GPS, because it does not rely on a remote server and is less hindered by tall buildings or “signal deserts”. The technology is also adaptable for indoor use.

 

5G future

 

“C5G is the future, and the scale of the Verizon 5G ultra-wideband network is designed to enable the higher-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity necessary for more precise positioning,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE. “Our partnership with Verizon not only allows us to tap into the innovation potential of 5G but also highlights what is possible when this technology utilises location intelligence: connected services that are designed to make our world safer and more efficient.”

 

“5G is the future, and the scale of the Verizon 5G ultra-wideband network is designed to enable the higher-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity necessary for more precise positioning.”

 

“This collaboration with HERE further proves Verizon’s commitment to innovating around and improving location services and pedestrian and intersection safety,” said Laura Cochran, Head of Product, Verizon Location Technology. “By harnessing the power of Verizon 5G ultra-wideband and 5G edge, along with HERE’s proprietary 3D positioning algorithms, we are driving together toward a safer and more precise future.”

 

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