This blog is by Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Applications at Nokia Networks.
“Connected car” is creating a buzz in multiple industries – consumer electronics, transportation, mobile broadband, applications and car manufacturing. And there are some impressive industry statistics that go along with it: GSMA and research firm SBD claim the connected car global market will grow threefold within five years, reaching a staggering €39b by 2018. The Connected Car Forum (CCF) founded by GSMA predicts that in 2015, more than 50% of vehicles sold worldwide will be connected cars.
But what about drivers in older vehicles? Just in the US alone, there are over 250 million cars that would benefit from being connected. So how do you bring the legacy population into the connected car world? It’s not as hard as you may think! People are already connected with seven out of every 10 mobile subscribers in the US who own 3G or LTE smart devices.
We are making the connected experience a reality with a number of key ingredients: cloud capabilities, network edge computing and collaborations with industry leaders. All of these combined will create an experience that is underpinned by intelligent location-based services. “For connected cars, we believe location plays a vital role in understanding detailed road and environmental information, as well as the vast amounts of vehicle data needed to bring valuable connected services to the market. Location combined with connectivity and sensor data will redefine how the driver, his car, and the surrounding environment interact to provide entirely new classes of intelligent vehicle services,” said Ogi Redzic, SVP Connected Driving at HERE.
Proof of concept in action
This week at the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) World Congress show in Detroit, Michigan, Nokia Networks and HERE are collaborating with T-Mobile US to demonstrate a proof of concept of the connected car. We’re excited to show how drivers can be alerted to real-time road hazards using an LTE network with Nokia Liquid Applications, a network edge computing solution that complements the auto industry standard of Digital Short Range Communications (DSRC).
Edge computing is used to extend existing cloud services into the highly distributed mobile base station environment, so that road hazards can be recognized and warnings can be sent to nearby cars with extremely low latency. For the ITS show, a live T-Mobile US base station was upgraded with an edge computing capability, which effectively transforms a regular LTE base station into a roadside unit for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.
By leveraging existing LTE networks, when equipped with edge computing capabilities, nationwide V2I services could be implemented quicker and at lower cost than building a dedicated network just for this purpose. Also inside the car, existing LTE connectivity can be leveraged instead of relying on DSRC being integrated over time.
HERE is shaping the future of location intelligence by collecting the world’s most precise map data and layering it with real-time activity data to create a powerful location cloud. Its location cloud services, lane level and high-definition maps combined with car makers’ engineering expertise pave the way for intelligent vehicles demonstrated in this proof of concept. This shows how a vehicle traveling on the road ahead of another vehicle has the ability to recognize and capture information about a road hazard such as a large piece of debris or inclement weather which could lead to a hard-braking scenario.
This information, along with the car’s location, speed and direction is then transmitted over the T-Mobile US LTE network via Nokia Liquid Applications. This technology enables a nearby car to receive that data in a matter of milliseconds so that the driver can immediately switch lanes, slow down or change the route. An advanced network like LTE gives connected cars the advantage of next-generation data and connection speeds and improved range, enabling unprecedented applications in the vehicle.
For T-Mobile, this demonstration is a true example of how its data-strong wireless network can change the paradigm in yet another way – making vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and V2I communications that much easier to deploy.
“At T-Mobile, we like to challenge the status quo at every turn, improving the world we live in for everyone,” said Rusty Lhamon, director, T-Mobile M2M. “We believe the next steps toward deploying LTE network-based V2V will involve close collaboration between leading edge automotive engineers and product planners, the wireless network operator, and solution providers to quickly advance this demonstration to wide spread deployment.”
The capability for cars to communicate with one another – regardless of year, make or model – and with the surrounding infrastructure on the roadway is an exciting prospect. And, as this proof of concept demonstrates, it can be a reality, but it requires a wide range of innovative technologies and expertise across a number of partners. We at HERE and Nokia Networks are looking forward to the next stages of this initiative!
Read more about the proof of concept in HERE’s blog: http://360.here.com/2014/09/10/milliseconds-matter-accidents-here-nokia-networks
Also, read more about Nokia Liquid Applications in a recent press release: Nokia Networks introduces advanced content delivery solutions, extends Liquid Applications
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