Nokia, KDDI trial LTE connected vehicle applications in Japan

16 Apr 2018

Nokia and Japanese mobile operator KDDI (au) have completed proof-of-concept trials to evaluate the role of 4G LTE cellular technology in enabling safe, cost-efficient, low-latency car connectivity. The Finland-based equipment manufacturer says the trials are the first in the world ‘to use LTE broadcast, implementing the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) standard in two connected car applications, and demonstrating the potential of cellular technology to enable fully automated driving in the future.’ In a press release, Nokia highlighted that its ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (V2X) technology is designed ‘to connect vehicles to each other, to communications network infrastructure, and to roadside sensors, including connectivity to traffic lights, radar and other functions.’ The trials with KDDI at a rural location on the Japanese island of Hokkaido focused on vehicle to network usage, utilising ‘non-integrated systems’ in the vehicles themselves which connect to sensors via the Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platform designed to reduce network latency. The eMBMS hotspot solution allows data to be sent once to many users simultaneously, Nokia added.

Japan, KDDI (au), Nokia