The very first trial of cellular autonomous vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is currently being tested in the West Midlands in the UK.
Indeed, this new mobility cloud platform developed by a consortium led by Vodafone, Nokia, and Chordant aims to improve the safety of users on the road and to build more sustainable transport networks. The platform is then using mobile technologies with in-vehicle computer systems to create safe and reliable mobility services.
By doing so, it will allow to digital connect road users with live and targeted updates from road operators so they are always informed of the latest traffic news. In time, this project has for goal to connect vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and infrastructure in a seamless digital transport ecosystem.
With already more than 70% of all cars built in 2020 having digital telematics capabilities, this seems like the next logical step for autonomous and digital-connected vehicles.
Vodafone’s 4G and 5G networks and advanced multi-access edge computing (MEC) technology are built into the platform, providing real-time information to be displayed in users’ phones and then hopefully, in-car infotainment systems. It was also reported that Vodafone is working with the automotive industry and road operators to have the technology integrated within vehicles and transport infrastructure to assure the safety of the roads.
Furthermore, the project is also supported by the UK Government Centre for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CCAV) and the Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) consortium.