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5GAA “Connected and Automated Driving’’ Berlin Workshop

On the 23rd  May 2019 in Berlin, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) organised a “Connected and Automated Driving” workshop followed by a showcase and demonstration. The workshop gathered policymakers from European, national and local levels, trade associations, 5GAA members and other industry representatives from the automotive and the telecommunications sectors. The focus was on key issues of the global progress in the field of connected, cooperative and automated mobility and related challenges of cross-border automated driving, especially in Europe, and the current needs for connected mobility in both rural and urban mobility contexts.

In his opening speech, Dr Johannes Springer, 5GAA Director-General welcomed the audience and outlined the role of 5GAA for Europe’s 5G Mobility strategy with C-V2X as a comprehensive road safety and traffic efficiency solution.

The first part of the workshop provided a global update on the C-V2X communications deployment in North America (presented by Jovan Zagajac from Ford Motor Company, Bryan Mulligan from Applied Information and  Jim Misener from Qualcomm), China (presented by Dr Dang Xiang, SAIC Motor) and Europe (presented by Robert MacDougall, Vodafone Group).

Following, Ralf Weber from Qualcomm gave an insight into the initial results and next steps for the ConVeX Project. To close the first session, Todd Essery from Telstra and Stefano Sorrentino from Ericsson explained the concept of Virtual Road Side Units Architecture by presenting Australia’s First C-V2X Project.


The second part of the workshop focused on the road towards connected mobility with C-V2X as a local solution. Torsten Geißler from Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) highlighted the key challenges for road authorities and operators when using mobile networks for providing C-ITS information.  The slot continued with Harry Evers from Hamburg ITS World Congress 2021 who outlined  the key mobility challenges for the City of Hamburg

Dr Frank Schramm from Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises presented the perspective of City of Berlin and the solutions provided by the SAFARI Project focusing on dynamic HD-maps, self-localisation and communication. Andreas Andrae from Continental and Marco Dias Silva from Vodafone introduced their successful partnership on improving urban road safety with artificial intelligence.


The workshop continued with panel sessions ‘Connected mobility and 5G deployment: synergies & benefits for Europe’ where alongside the guests from BASt, Berlin Senate and Hamburg ITS World Congress 2021, Luke Ibettson from Vodafone Group and Rainer Krummrein from Daimler AG  discussed how public authorities and industry could join forces to accelerate the roll-out of both 5G and cooperative, connected  and automated mobility.

Christoph Voigt, Chairman of the 5GAA Board concluded the event by highlighting the exciting times for the topic of 5G mobility and announced the first cooperation between 5GAA and public authority introducing the signature of Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Turin.

It eventually got to a close with live demonstrations of C-V2X enabled connected cars, traffic infrastructure and other road users that took place at Zentraler Festplatz, close to Tegel Airport, accompanied by a showcase of the C-V2X technology that is ready to positively contribute to increasing safety, especially for vulnerable road users, on roads across the world.

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