We would have enjoyed presenting the results of our more than three-year project work to our partners, sponsors, interested experts and the press in a live presentation at the ATC-Testing Center in Aldenhoven. Unfortunately, the developments and circumstances related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic made this impossible. We would therefore like to present our results in the form of a project video, a series of thematic posters and the compilation of our scientific project publications.
The main objective of the 5G NetMobil project is to develop a comprehensive communication infrastructure for tactile connected driving and to demonstrate the advantages of tactile connected driving in terms of traffic safety, traffic efficiency and environmental impact compared to autonomous driving based solely on local sensor data.
While autonomous driving already promises more comfort and safety, tactile networked driving enables new driving strategies that further increases road traffic safety, significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions and significantly improves road traffic efficiency through better capacity utilization and reduced risk of traffic jams and accidents.
Additional networking possibilities will eliminate the fundamental limitations of today's autonomous system approaches, which use only the information obtained by locally installed onboard sensors for vehicle control. The decision horizon is thus extremely restricted, since the "visibility of the vehicle" is limited by the sensor technologies used, in particular radar and camera sensors. The sensors of all vehicles as well as the environment or the existing infrastructure (e.g. surveillance cameras at intersections or on motorways, geolocal weather sensors, etc.) can be combined virtually in the network, which contributes to better decision-making and in particular provides information about regions and scenarios that are still far away from the vehicle but are relevant for guidance. Direct communication between vehicles also expands their field of vision and enables new applications leading to increased efficiency and comfort. The information obtained in this way can be supplied to all vehicles by a central decision-making authority and can thus be used to control and regulate the local actuators. For the resulting control loops, transmission latency times in real time, which means a few milliseconds, are absolutely necessary.
Dr. Frank Hofmann
Robert Bosch GmbH
Advanced Engineering Connected Mobility &
Computer Vision Systems
+49 5121 49-5392
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fettweis
Technische Universität Dresden
Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems
Chemnitzer Str. 50
+49 351 463 41000
Administrative project coordination
Technische Universität Dresden
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acticom has been developing protocol stacks for wireless telecommunications since 2001 and licenses them to customers such as Starent/Cisco, Motorola, Anite, Agilent, Alcaltel-Lucent/Nokia, Siemens, Sequans, or General-Dynamics. acticom GmbH offers software for the compression of protocol data, e.g. for LTE, IoT, 6LowPAN, and security protocol stacks for authentication/authorization and key management; CodeLance is a network-coding capable access network for video surveillance. In the project, acticom will take on development and integration tasks for network coding for transport and the mobile edge cloud and security concepts.
The BMW Group is one of the world's most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles. With BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the company now has three of the strongest premium brands in the automotive industry. The BMW Group's vehicles offer the highest product substance in terms of aesthetics, dynamics, technology and quality and underline the company's technological and innovation leadership. The BMW Group contributes to the project with its many years of experience in the areas of complete vehicle technology, alternative drive and energy management concepts, active safety and driver assistance systems as well as information and communication technologies in the vehicle. The strong focus on networked driving is supported by several years of research activities in the field of cellular mobile radio systems for the automotive sector. The BMW Group can draw on extensive project results from national projects (CoCarX, simTD, CONVERGE) and EU projects (preVENT, COMeSafety, METIS).
The BOSCH Group is a leading international technology and service company with the aim of improving people's quality of life through innovative, beneficial and inspiring solutions. The Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering division bundles BOSCH's company-wide research activities and brings to the project a wealth of experience from previous projects such as simTD and CONVERGE in the field of communication for vehicles. As a user, BOSCH participates in the requirements of the use cases as well as in the technical solutions and demonstrations.
The agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS, headquartered in Harsewinkel, Westphalia, is the European market leader for combine harvesters. CLAAS E-Systems also develops information technologies and integrates them into agricultural machinery. This applies in particular to the networking of machines. In this project, CLAAS would take on the role of a user and test the 5G technology and use it for M2M applications. The technologies investigated are to be examined in the project and subsequently used for manufacturer-specific as well as manufacturer-independent and standardized applications.
Deutsche Telekom (DTAG) is represented in the project by Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs). T-Labs are Deutsche Telekom's central research and innovation (R&I) unit. Currently the T-Labs are involved in the 5G PPP projects METIS-II, 5G-Norma, 5GEx and VirtuWind, as well as the multilateral project CONFIG. As a mobile network operator, DTAG will incorporate its experience and requirements for the operation of a future network as well as the results of the projects mentioned into 5G NetMobil. The focus of the work will be on the definition of requirements and the areas of system concept and architecture, agile edge computing, flexible network configuration and proof-of-concept implementations.
dresden elektronik (DDE) has been manufacturing transport technology for the European market for over 20 years. In addition to traffic light systems (TLS) and variable message signs, the products also include passenger information systems and energy-autonomous timetable displays. In addition to direct sales, DDE relies on regional and national partner companies, especially in the TLS sector, in order to achieve the broadest possible market access and to cover regional peculiarities. For DDE, urban mobility and car-to-infrastructure communication (C2I) have been core issues for years. In the project, DDE mainly contributes the competences developed in TLS and communication technology as well as in dynamic traffic control.
Ericsson is the world's leading vendor of technologies and services for telecommunications network operators and the market leader in second-, third- and fourth-generation wireless technologies. The company has an annual turnover of SEK 246 billion (2015). Ericsson is also a leader in the development and standardization of 5G technologies. Ericsson brings extensive previous knowledge and experience from projects from the ITS context (CoCar, COcar-X, CONVERGE) and from the 5G context (METIS, METIS II) to the project.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, has been working for about 20 years on the development of modern mobile radio systems in close cooperation with companies and can show extensive contributions to the theory and practice of resource, network and mobility management in wireless communication networks. Project-related competences include the following topics: network supported D2D and multicast communication, coded access methods, channel and interference estimation, compressed sensing, coexistence and interference management, network coding and cognitive network management (consensus building, detection, classification and prediction).
Heusch/Boesefeldt GmbH is a software system house in the field of intelligent traffic systems. The broad spectrum of applications and services ensures expertise in the field of traffic engineering tasks. In 5G NetMobil, HB assumes the role of a final user of the data distributed by the innovative communication systems on the infrastructure side. Heusch/Boesefeldt is particularly involved in setting up the testbeds, integrating the components and systematics, implementing the use cases, and overall integration of the components into the test environments as data users on the infrastructure side.
HTW Saarland with the Research Group Traffic Telematics (FGVT) has many years of experience in the field of ITS in various national and international research projects, e.g. AKTIV, simTD, CONVERGE, UR:BAN, CVIS. In Merzig (Saar), the FGVT operates a public ITS test field for tactical/strategic cooperative driving. The FGVT will contribute its experience in the field of architecture and integration of communication systems. The FGTV's own test field will be used for real-world validation. The FGVT will participate in the implementation of vehicle and infrastructure applications.
Logic Way (LOG) has been developing, distributing and operating sophisticated system solutions for scientific-technical and administrative tasks in the software development and systems engineering divisions for almost 20 years. Logic Way develops and produces its own electronic data terminals, including on-board computers for mobile work machines based on Linux.
Nokia, as a leading network vendor (products and services) together with IT partners, introduced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) to the market in 2013. Consequently, Nokia was one of the 6 founding companies in September 2014 and is Chairman of ETSI ISG for the standardization of MEC. With the first project on the A9, Nokia has introduced the use of LTE and MEC for real-time communication between vehicles together with partners for the first time.
Technische Universität Dresden is one of eleven universities of excellence in Germany. It is distinguished in particular by its research strength and has been honoured for its success in knowledge and technology transfer by leading industrial companies with currently 16 endowed professorships. The 5G Lab Germany is a platform of different scientific disciplines in the field of engineering sciences at the TU Dresden. Currently, scientists from 20 professorships at TU Dresden are working together in interdisciplinary teams in order to meet the challenges of the 5th generation of mobile radio in a holistic approach. As external partners, 10 of the world's leading industrial companies from the telecommunications industry and end-user industries are currently involved in joint research projects and strategic activities for the purpose of shaping opinions and reaching consensus in order to maximize the influence on 5G development, such as participation in NGMN and standardization committees (ETSI ITS), significant contributions to the "5G Automotive Vision" of the 5G-PPP, and leadership in the preparation of the study Mobility 2025: "Coexistence or Convergence of ICT for Automotive" on behalf of VDE. In the 5G NetMobil project, the Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems, the Chair for Data Privacy and Data Security and the Deutsche Telekom Chair for Communications Networks are involved.
TU Kaiserslautern (TUK): The research group of Prof. Schotten (Institute for Wireless Communication and Navigation) is associated with the "German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence" (DFKI) and member of the State Research Program "Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology" (ZNT). TUK is involved in the development of solutions for network assisted driving in the EU projects METIS I+II, 5G NORMA, 5G Monarch and SELFNET, as well as in project ConVeX (BMVI), especially contributing to research topics in the area of URLLC for V2X communication, context-aware predictive HO, evaluation methodology of complex automotive scenarios based on game engineering approach, security and reliability aspects, self-X concepts for safety-critical network slicing scenarios.
Vodafone is a leading global mobile operator with more than 400 million customers in 26 countries. Vodafone has more than 37 million customers in Germany. Vodafone is the world market leader in the M2M segment, especially in the Connected Car segment. Already 7.5 million cars are connected to Vodafone's Connected Car Platform. Vodafone is driving 5G development in international organizations such as NGMN, GSMA and 3GPP. In Germany, Vodafone and its partners have actively contributed to research in the automotive sector, e.g. in the CoCarX project and the CONVERGE project.
The Volkswagen Group consists of 12 independent brands from seven European countries. In the area of communication technologies, Volkswagen has particularly examined the communication of the vehicle with other vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle) and the communication of vehicle and infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure) (Sim TD; Converge, Famos I and II, etc.). This project focuses on high-density platooning research and the integration of IEEE 802.11p and 5G mobile radio. VW sees itself as a developer of requirements and use cases, protocols for coordinating driving manoeuvres and as an integrator. In addition, a test area and the heavy commercial vehicles will be made available for demonstration purposes and for a final demonstration.