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‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ is the hottest topic in the automotive industry. Use cases range from fully driverless cars to using information from neighbouring vehicles and infrastructure to enhance Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).  But the question that the industry is puzzling over is: what communication technologies should be used to provide connectivity between nearby vehicles and infrastructure? The European Commission, US, Chinese and Korean governments have led the investment in research projects to develop an optimised communication technology: the ETSI G5 (WAVE or DSRC in the USA) standard. This has been developed but not yet deployed commercially, and it risks being overtaken by the faster evolution of cellular technology using LTE and 5G.  The CW Automotive & Transport Group proposes to address this question by considering:

  • What are the key use cases that will justify the investment in connected vehicle technology?
  • What are the requirements placed on the communications systems: latency tolerance, geographical coverage, data volumes etc?
  • What standards are available (or coming soon!) to satisfy these requirements, singly or perhaps in combination?
  • In terms of business models, what are the practical considerations (costs, planning, accessibility etc) for the introduction of this technology such that pay-back can be delivered in a realistic timescale?
  • Is it possible to define the most appropriate way forward for all to adopt the same approach, or will the winner be determined via competition?

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