5G connected driving test centre opens in Spain

February 04, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Telefónica, Dekra open connected driving test centre
Telecommunications provider Telefónica has inaugurated a test center for connected and autonomous driving together with German testing company Dekra in Málaga, Spain. On the premises, the companies are testing 5G systems and Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technologies together with other cooperation partners. Also, the use of various 5G frequency bands for the international deployment of mobility solutions can be tested.

Telefónica is testing future 5G applications in the more than 50,000 square metre site, while Dekra intends to develop test technologies for its test tracks there, where they will then be available to the automotive and mobility industry for broad-based trials. For the most comprehensive simulation of applications and real traffic conditions, variously designed roads, crossings, unpaved surfaces, beacons, roundabouts and tunnels are available on site. The entire road infrastructure is equipped with sensors that enable mobile communication with the vehicles used. Furthermore, additional real and digitally simulated vehicles are used. During the joint presentation by Telefónica and Dekra, for example, a test vehicle detected various obstacles within fractions of a second and automatically recognised other road users on the road.

In future, Telefónica and Dekra will focus their research on connectivity, new services for on-board entertainment and vehicle navigation as well as improved vehicle monitoring and maintenance. Other areas of research include safety and accident prevention, driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

In the research environment, which is unique in Europe, interested companies can test the compatibility of their components and mobile communications devices, utilizing different frequency bands. In this way, they can ensure that their mobility solutions function in markets with different regulations over the available frequency bands. This also brings the project partners one step closer to cross-national networked and autonomous driving.

The test lab is equipped with two 5G antennas, high-performance servers and a comprehensive camera system to test the connectivity of on-board and geolocation services, process large amounts of data and optimize software and vehicle monitoring services (management CPD).

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