Vodafone and HERE will test HERE’s HD Live Map for automated and autonomous driving in Vodafone’s 5G Mobility Lab. The test center in Aldenhoven is dedicated to researching technologies for the networked road traffic of the future.

In the near future, the state-of-the-art test network will be able to transmit in 5G at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second and latencies of less than 10 milliseconds. In addition, the 5G Mobility Lab will be one of the first places where 5G will be used in Germany. If cars in the future communicate with each other via this real-time network and their locations communicate with each other, this can drastically reduce the number of accidents and fatalities. But it also requires high-precision maps like HERE’s HD Live Map, can register the changes in the road environment and update itself automatically.

For this purpose, data collected by vehicles driving ahead, for example via construction sites, blocked sections of road or ice, are transmitted anonymously and integrated into the digital real-time map. This allows autonomous cars to intelligently adapt their route, change lanes at an early stage and avoid congestion and other dangers.

HERE, via the Open Location Platform, already anonymously captures sensor data from networked vehicles from different manufacturers and processes it into safety-relevant information for motorists. These include local hazard warnings or updated road signing information, including permanent and dynamically changing speed limits. That way, drivers know exactly whether they need to be prepared for fog, for example, or which main traffic arteries are currently blocked and how they can be bypassed.

It is expected that the number of vehicles that HERE processes real-time sensor data will exceed the ten million mark in 2019.

Clean streets, safe inner cities and less traffic jams – this and more is the vision of a smart city. To make a contribution, HERE and Vodafone want to join forces. At CES 2018, for example, they show how they can make waste management in cities more intelligent. So garbage trucks should only drive out when the trash cans report that they are full. At the same time, traffic jams, the fuel consumption of vehicles as well as the unique infrastructure of each city are taken into account intelligently.

Source: Vodafone Germany