Continental and Vodafone will present the first results of their partnership and demonstrate new communication technologies at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. The cooperation partners announced that they would work together to increase road safety.

The application scenarios explored by Vodafone and Continental include the Digital Shield. Here, the road users are equipped with a communication module, in the case of cyclists and pedestrians, for example, with a smartphone and cars with a special V2X module. The road users exchange their position and direction of travel via a base station of the mobile network. If the system detects that the roads cross dangerously, they will be warned. This system is also able to protect cyclists from right turners and thus from dangerous accidents.

Also providing more protection for pedestrians and cyclists in-vehicle cameras and artificial intelligence on the network side (Mobile Edge Computing), which recognize the intentions of pedestrians and cyclists. For example, a child who suddenly runs into a ball, after a ball or a person lying on the street can be recognized. However, the resulting data not only require intelligent evaluation, but also lightning fast data transmission in the millisecond range. This is achieved by combining 5G technology with mobile edge computing. Tiny 5G data centers with extremely short access times near the cell towers allow near real-time analysis using AI.

5G-Ready will be tested under real-world conditions in the 5G Mobility Lab of Vodafone in Aldenhoven.

The view through the vehicle ahead

The tests have confirmed that the new communication technologies can also be used to make traffic obstructions transparent. The system uses the camera images of a vehicle in front to show the following vehicles, for example, before an overtaking maneuver on the highway, if there is oncoming traffic.

Another use case presented by Continental and Vodafone in Barcelona is a traffic jam warning. At the same time, vehicles approaching the end of the jam are alerted to the obstacle long before they reach the line of sight. Thus, the speed can be reduced early on, which can prevent dangerous emergency braking.