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Here, Vodafone and Porsche work on real-time warning system

30. Juni 2021, 14:39 Uhr   |  Irina Hübner

Here, Vodafone and Porsche work on real-time warning system
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In the future, the vehicle and driver will receive hazard alerts via the real-time warning system so that they can respond to them directly.

As part of a feasibility study, Here Technologies, Vodafone and Porsche are working to improve the safety of road users - with the help of 5G and by means of highly precise identification and localization of hazardous situations in real time.

Here Technologies, Porsche, and Vodafone are testing how 5G technology and high-precision localization can make traffic safer in the future and reduce the number of traffic accidents. Together, the companies are working on a real-time warning system. Specifically, vehicles and their occupants are to receive hazard alerts immediately and without delay in the future so that they can respond to them directly. At the Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven, the partners are testing the real-time warning system for the first time under conditions similar to everyday life.

Warning of dangerous situations that are difficult to see

The main focus is on hazardous situations that are difficult or impossible for the occupants to see, for example because the view is blocked by vehicles in front. Captured by camera and sensor systems using artificial intelligence and precisely localized with high-precision mapping and positioning technology, the data obtained will in future be processed and evaluated directly at the edge of the road, in Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). Afterwards, they will be transmitted to the following road users without delay in the form of dedicated warnings via 5G mobile communications technology and an intelligent MQTT message broker.

In addition to HD maps and positioning technology, the Live Sense SDK from Here Technologies is also used to detect dangerous situations. Integrated into devices with front cameras, it uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to identify objects, changes in the behavior of other road users and road conditions that could lead to critical situations. Based on this, Live Sense SDK creates appropriate warnings for drivers in real time.

»Increasing road safety is a key concern for us. Location-based technologies combined with 5G and multi-access edge computing enable powerful solutions that make roads safer and road users have a better mobility experience,« said Antina Lee from the Product Innovation team at Here Technologies.

Decentralized data processing using multi-access edge computing

In many cases, data processing takes place in central data centers. With multi-access edge computing (MEC), computing power moves closer and closer to the customer - in this case, to the vehicles. This saves time and enables data to be exchanged in real time. The paths that data must take to reach the recipient are significantly shortened. Thanks to the new 5G mobile communications technology, no time is lost in the actual data transmission either, so that hazard warnings arrive in the vehicles in real time - with latency times of less than ten milliseconds. In addition, data that was previously processed directly in the vehicle will also be processed outside in the future.

»When cars warn each other of dangers in real time, it can save human lives,« explains Michael Reinartz, Head of Innovation at Vodafone Germany. »5G and roadside data processing help transmit hazard warnings without delay and make road traffic even safer. We are currently testing this under everyday conditions.«

Proof of concept as acceptance test

Feasibility studies, also called Proof of Concept (PoC), are important tools in project management with which requirements for an application can be validated and an acceptance test can be carried out in cooperation with partners. In the context of new technologies, feasibility studies are essential in the early project phase to test functionality. »The PoC supports the opportunity to explore and test the latest technologies in 5G and location services for potential future products,« explains André Schlufter, Connectivity and SIM Management at Porsche.

Following the initial tests in Aldenhoven, Here Technologies, Porsche and Vodafone plan to further optimize the real-time alert system and test its use in everyday life. Further tests at different

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