5G Automotive Association (5GAA) and Global Certification Forum (GCF) have joined hands for a collaborative framework to accelerate the global introduction of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) products. With the C-V2X specifications due to be finalised in 3GPP Release 16, car manufacturers and their suppliers in the key markets of the USA, Asia and Europe have been working on products, which will come to the market in 2019. The new partnership aims to address the current gap in certification capabilities and processes, thereby harmonising C-V2X at a global level and reducing the time-to-market of C-V2X products, mentioned a statement.
C-V2X will enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with everything around them. Originally defined as LTE V2X in 3GPP Release 14, C-V2X provides one solution for integrated V2V, V2I and V2P and V2N operation. The shorter-range V2V, V2I and V2P modes support direct communication without necessarily relying on network involvement for scheduling, while the longer range V2N mode will deliver network assistance and commercial services requiring the involvement of a Mobile Network Operator (MNO). The data throughputs and latencies provided by 5G are critical to the performance of autonomous vehicle applications and hence C-V2X is designed to be fully compatible with 5G technologies.
Maxime Flament, CTO at 5GAA, said the move aligns with the association's mission to accelerate the global deployment of intelligent transport and communications solutions and make future transportation safer and more reliable.
Lars Nielsen, General Manager at GCF said they through its partnership with 5GAA have together achieved the evolution into 5G with a proven success factor for self-driving and connected vehicles.
The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) is a global, cross-industry organisation bridging the gap between automotive, technology and telecom industries, promoting the C-V2X technology (Cellular vehicle-to-everything) as a comprehensive platform for connected vehicles, safety and transportation. With 110 members, the organisation is committed to helping define and develop the next generation of connected mobility and automated vehicle solutions. The GCF certification scheme has been running since 1999 and has constantly evolved in alignment with developments in mobile technologies and the changing industry needs. GCF’s certification portfolio already covers LTE sidelink, a key technology for automotive applications, supporting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) use cases, and GCF is therefore the natural partner for 5GAA on C-V2X certification.