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In fact, Europe’s leading trade associations for the telecommunications and the automotive sectors announced they intend to launch a large-scale, pre-deployment project to test connected and automated driving at the EU level.
The main objective is to strengthen Europe’s position in connected and automated driving, by accelerating the EU-wide deployment of related key technologies.
Then, on can observe that, the industry-led project will focus on use cases and test functionalities in three main areas: automated driving, road safety and traffic efficiency, and the digitalisation of transports and logistics.
Functions that are being considered include high density platooning, cooperative collision avoidance, remote control parking, local-hazard warnings and traffic flow optimisation. High definition maps will be updated with a fast connection to the internet on phone or other mobile devices.
The works are expected to start in 2017, will include two main phases. A first phase, to run until 2019, will feature tests on available communication technologies, such as LTE - Long-Term Evolution - (4G) technology. A second phase, to run until 2021, will be based on both 4G and 5G technologies, bearing in mind that different functionalities have different network requirements.