A consortium of businesses led by Ericsson have been tasked with the responsibility of leading an innovative 5G CAR project – with the primary aim to develop an overall 5G system architecture that provides optimized end-to-end vehicle-to-everything (V2X) network connectivity for highly reliable and low-latency V2X services.

Twenty-one new projects have been retained out of 101 as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP)  which was initiated by the EU Commission and industry manufacturers, telecommunications operators, service providers, SMEs and researchers.

The project represents a significant step towards the advent of 5G technology for connected vehicles. In phase 2 of the 5G PPP, the EU has allocated a budget of EUR 154 million for innovative projects such as 5GCAR, in different vertical sectors. The consortium will be eligible for funding in order to extend tests and ensure the safe deployment of the connected vehicle by 2020.

Franck Bouetard, Head of Ericsson France, says: "The European funding granted to our 5GCAR project is a major step, as it will allow our initiative to further develop in order to meet the market needs by 2020. Having such projects in Europe is critical in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment in the continent in the future."

On June 14, Mikael Fallgren, Senior Researcher at Ericsson and 5GCAR project manager will present in Finland the 5GCAR project, the Fifth Generation Communication Automotive Research and innovation.