july 24, 2018 - Seat

Telefónica and SEAT present the first use case of assisted driving via the mobile network in a real setting in Segovia

  • The pilot test shows how the road infrastructure “communicates” with vehicles via the existing mobile network by sending alerts to the car in the event of danger or changing conditions
  • The C-V2X protocol for vehicular communication is tested in Spain for the first time
  • The initiative signals a further step in Telefónica’s 5G Technological Cities  project to make Talavera and Segovia the backdrop of 5G possibilities

Telefónica and #seat today have presented the first use case in Segovia within the framework of the 5G Technological Cities project by equipping a both a vehicle and road infrastructure with technology enabling the exchange of information, making it the first step towards V2X (Vehicle 2 everything) vehicular communication using existing mobile networks in a real urban setting.

SEAT contributed an Ateca equipped with the latest connectivity technology that was modified to issue alerts to the driver through the instrument panel. The initiative was also carried out in collaboration with FICOSA, which manufactured the C-V2X (Celular V2X) communication device in the car; SICE, the owner of the road infrastructure which collaborated by equipping intersection traffic lights with connectivity, and Nokia, which implemented an MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) server, serving as the communication platform between the vehicle and the road infrastructure.

More specifically, the two use cases of assisted driving presented in Segovia consisted in:

-         The vehicle receiving an alert from a traffic light when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk in a blind right-hand corner. In addition, if the driver signals their intent to turn by activating the right turn signal, the vehicle displays an alert on the instrument panel that there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

-         The vehicle receiving an alert from a traffic light when it is about to change to red. According to its location, speed and course, the vehicle decides whether it has enough time to cross the intersection. If not, a warning alert is displayed on the instrument panel so the driver can prepare for a controlled stop.