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EU encourages investment in 5G hardware innovation and trialling 5G-based CAM.
Eleven new projects funded by Horizon 2020 programme under the European 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) will start in September 2020. The objective is to gather opportunities in 5G hardware innovation and to validate 5G ecosystems for connected and automated mobility (CAM) along three new European cross-border corridors. The three new 5G cross-border projects (5G-Routes, 5G-Blueprint, 5GMED) will design, test and validate use cases in the field of mobility and transport under different geographic conditions and associated weather constraints. They will broaden the validation of connected and automated mobility features to roads, train, ports and maritime routes. Each project will provide a 5G network infrastructure that offers both multi-service and multi-application features to varied means of transport such as cars, trucks, trains, pods, barges and boats, as well as improved connectivity to public users.
The 5G Action Plan for Europe (5GAP) was adopted by the European Commission in September 2016 with calls for actions to achieve uninterrupted 5G coverage in all urban areas and along all main transport paths across Europe by 2025. It is expected that the 5G infrastructure will be a key enabler for the development of connected and automated mobility (CAM) by providing a broad range of digital services to the vehicle and paving the way to fully autonomous driving by the end of the decade on specific sections of roads equipped with 5G.
The European Commission has underlined in its strategy on the mobility of future with the specific contribution of 5G enabled CAM in improving road safety, efficient traffic congestion and reduced CO2 emissions and there by moving to more sustainable infrastructure and climate action in Europe. To this date, 12 5G cross-border corridors have been agreed across Europe in view of the hosting projects funded under the Horizon 2020.
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