Verizon uses connected cars to demonstrate MEC and 5G capabilities

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Verizon has partnered with four other firms to demonstrate how MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) and 5G is enabling the next-generation of connected cars.

“We’re already seeing today how customers are leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS (Amazon Web Services) Wavelength to create next-generation use case in industries ranging from transportation to healthcare,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business.

“While we’re still in the early days of 5G, it’s astounding to witness the development of experiences that were not feasible before the advent of 5G and mobile edge computing.”

Verizon and Amazon have partnered with LG, Renovo, and Savari to demonstrate how 5G and MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) technologies are unlocking the potential of connected and autonomous cars.

LG has been working on V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) technology for quite some time. In a blog post, AWS highlights how a proprietary system built by LG helps to prevent malicious messages from being sent over-the-air to a vehicle using something it calls Authentication-as-a-Service (AaaS).

Rick Kreifeldt, SVP and General Manager of LGE America R&D Lab, explained:

“With the advent of V2X, there is a consensus that such a technology can lead to improved safety, enhanced mobility (thus reducing congestion) and increased environmental protection (via reduced emissions). However, security and privacy are paramount and LG’s AaaS ensures such measures throughout its life-cycle management: Provisioning, Activation, Misbehavior Detection and Revocation.

LG’s V2X Proof of Concept leverages Verizon 5G and AWS Wavelength to enhance LG AaaS’s capability to achieve timely message filtering with plausibility and consistency check.”

Renovo and Savari are two California-based startups dedicated to advancing connected and autonomous vehicles.

Savari describes itself as “V2X pioneers with the goal to increase traffic safety and efficiency by connecting cars to other cars, traffic lights, smartphones and pedestrians through a range of V2X solutions.”

In a video, Verizon and Savari demonstrate how 5G and MEC can provide warning information to vehicle occupants and pedestrians in near real-time:

Ravi Puvvala, CEO at Savari, commented:

“As we work together on the next generation of infrastructure hardware and software, we are enabling the intelligent transportation systems of the future in which vehicles will see around blind corners and intersections; avoid vulnerable road users like pedestrians and bicyclists; instantly react to emergencies via 360-degree awareness of the traffic grid, and share unsafe road conditions with other vehicles in real-time.

The C-V2X trial with Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength leverages the power of 5G and MEC to create communication paths that are hyperlocal, highly reliable, and super-low latency to make our roads many times safer, with unprecedented levels of high efficiency and low environmental impact.” 

Renovo is known for building the first all-electric supercar and has since gone on to create “the first safe, secure and scalable platform, specifically created for the commercial deployment of fully autonomous vehicles and the development of the most advanced ADAS features.”

The demo video for Renovo shows how a car which has encountered a dangerous situation can alert other vehicles in the vicinity ahead of time:

Christopher Heiser, Co-Founder and CEO of Renovo, said:

“5G and MEC will be transformative for automakers, enabling them to offer new ADAS services that will keep drivers safe and informed of hazards in near real-time.

With 5G and MEC, we have built a robust, low latency, and high bandwidth solution that aligns with the demands of today’s data-driven automotive product roadmaps. We look forward to testing with AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge.”

Verizon’s 5G Edge with AWS solution has expanded to Dallas and Miami this week, joining previous deployments in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and the Bay Area.

All five companies are demonstrating how edge computing – combined with 5G – is helping to deliver on the high expectations set for the next-generation of connected cars.

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