Case Studies

5G is already preparing for its deployment in the market through the development of new scenarios of employment and use, where the feasibility of the technology applied to specific solutions is put to the test.


5G Connected Car

The 5G Connected Car pilot project, developed by SEAT, Telefónica, Ficosa, ETRA, Qualcomm and 5G Barcelona, with the collaboration of i2CAT, CTTC and UPC, combines the benefits of 5G technology such as low latency and edge computing in 2 fields: road safety and information and entertainment. The connected 5G car allows the driver to be alerted of hazards outside his field of perception in 3 use cases:

  • Pedestrian detection: the connected car receives an alert of an intelligent traffic light when a pedestrian is at a pedestrian crossing
  • Bicycle detection: through a beacon system established in the area, the connected car detects a bicycle equipped with a connectivity unit
  • Obstacle detection: through car-to-car communication, a car blocking the road notifies the 5G Connected Car of its situation and warns the driver about the obstacle of the road

This pilot is the first step towards a totally cooperative and autonomous driving. In addition, the pilot project will also address information and entertainment by allowing real-time
transmission of 4K content in the car.

Partners: SEAT, Telefónica, FICOSA, ETRA, Qualcomm, i2CAT, CTTC, UPC and 5G Barcelona

Sector: Automotive industry

Technology description: The characteristics of 5G technology such as low latency and edge computing (technology that simplifies the traffic of IoT devices and allows the analysis of local data in real time) are what will allow communication between the car, the infrastructure and the rest of vehicles in circulation.

Main solution / advance offered by the technology: A 5G mobile network improves communication between the car, the road infrastructure and other vehicles by sending alerts to the connected car in case of danger, obstacles or changing conditions.

Status: Finished