The robust, agile and secure performance characteristics of LTE and 5G networks continue to drive the advancement of intelligent, autonomous transport solutions – enabled through critical mobile broadband services and low-latency vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Ericsson and Transdev are announcing their collaboration for the Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab* (RNAL) project as the first on-demand shared and autonomous transport service on open roads in Europe. The RNAL project enables autonomous operation of four ZOEs Renault and, soon, an i-Cristal Transdev – Lohr shuttle.

Ericsson, an associate partner of the RNAL project, ensures the secure and seamless operation of the use case through the deployment of a private high-speed LTE wireless network infrastructure. The network interconnects different parts of the Autonomous Transport System – ATS by Transdev: the autonomous vehicles, the connected infrastructure (sensors, LIDAR) and the supervision in the operating control center. The private network infrastructure operates in three different 3GPP frequency bands (in the 2600 MHz range) and offers LTE network data speeds of 80 Mbit/s in downlink and 29 Mbit/s in uplink.

Ericsson and Transdev intend to explore future cooperation projects and are currently investigating the next steps for future autonomous vehicle experiments and commercial networks.