Orange delivers more 5G use cases with 5GCroCo project

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Orange has demonstrated three new use cases in the corridor areas that connect the cities of Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg in France, Germany, and Luxembourg.

The company revealed that its €17 million 5GCroCo project which launched in November 2018 delivered the use cases which aimed to validate key 5G technologies in challenging cross-border, cross-mobile-network operator, cross-car-original-equipment-manufacturer, and cross-telco-vendor scenarios.

The three and a half-year initiative has received close to €13 million in funding from the European Commission under the umbrella of the 5G Public Private Partnership which gathers 24 partners from seven European countries.

The project focuses on technologies such as 5G New Radio, service continuity, mobile edge computing/cloud, network slicing, network support and security.

1st use case

The first use case demonstrated tele-operated driving which technically enables the deployment of truly driverless vehicles through remote operation of the vehicle from a control centre.

A connection is established between the control centre and the vehicle via a 5G mobile network which allows for the transmission of sensor data, in particular video, from the vehicle to the control centre,

2nd use case

The second use case that Orange showcased showed high-definition map generation and distribution for automated vehicles.

HD Mapping technology allows vehicles to contribute to keeping high-definition maps up to date and using a 5G network, the vehicle can send map updates gathered from sensor data to a common backend which takes care merging all of the inputs to maintain an accurate HD map.

The HD map is subsequently distributed to the cars together with up-to-date information regarding lane markings, speed signs, and other essential information for the autonomous driving function of the car.

3rd use case

5G enabled Anticipated Co-Operative Collision Avoidance (ACCA) technology will allow for any significant road event such as a traffic jam to be communicated to vehicles in the area.

As a result, actions such as progressive braking can be anticipated leading to smoother vehicle reactions in situation when typical sensors have no visibility or short detection range.

Orange has been showcasing 5G use cases most recently at the launch of its new 5G innovation lab in Belgium. You can hear more about those use cases here.