Last month, I wrote about our most recent Car2X innovations that were on display at the 2016 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Well, much like cars, we move quickly at Nokia, so here’s another road safety innovation for you to think about.
We’ve been trialing Intersection Assistance, a new application for drivers and driverless cars that we’ve developed with Deutsche Telekom and Bosch. Intersection Assistance again relies on the power of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology. MEC is about creating small, local clouds around a single cell in an LTE network so data can travel between devices in close proximity without passing through the whole of the network. This significantly reduces latency – from over of 60ms to below 20ms, which is at least 3 times faster compared to solutions exchanging information via a central cloud and is decisive when developing road safety applications.
So back to Intersection Assistance. It’s well known that junctions, or intersections, are a hotspot for traffic accidents. Sometimes visibility is an issue; sometimes drivers simply misjudge the speed of other vehicles or the space available.
By sharing data between all the vehicles approaching any given junction, Intersection Assistance can calculate whether it is safe for a car to pull out. If not, a warning is given to the vehicle that must give way, in accordance with local traffic laws.
We tested Intersection Assistance at the Bosch proving ground in Boxberg and the results have been very encouraging.
See for yourself:
More than 1.3 million people die on the roads each year. And when you consider that 90% of fatal car accidents are caused by human error, assisted driving and connected cars have the potential to save many, many lives.
While Multi-access Edge Computing is the enabler, what’s important in developments like this is partnership. Nokia is the expert in mobile technologies, Deutsche Telekom, the expert in wide-scale mobile services, and Bosch is the expert in automotive electronics. Each company only has a piece of the puzzle, but by working together, we can develop and utilize V2X (vehicle-to-anything) communication that brings real life-saving value to motorists.
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