Verizon, Audi AG Partner to Implement 5G on Audi's Neustadt Test Track

Verizon and Audi Team Up for 5G-Powered Smart Vehicle Testing on German Test Track

Feb 22, 2024 - 08:37
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Verizon, Audi AG Partner to Implement 5G on Audi's Neustadt Test Track
Verizon, Audi AG Partner to Implement 5G on Audi's Neustadt Test Track

Verizon has teamed up with Audi AG to introduce a 5G network at Audi's private test track in Neustadt, Germany. This collaboration aims to facilitate the testing of smart vehicle technologies, according to statements from the telecommunications giant released on Thursday.

The project's primary objective is to replicate communication and driving scenarios from diverse markets. It will evaluate various technologies, including autonomous mobility, vehicle-to-cloud communications, and C-V2X systems, which enable vehicles to connect with surrounding objects such as other vehicles and digital traffic lights.

Verizon announced that the track will feature replicas of its 5G networks, utilizing equipment from Nokia, computing software from Amazon Web Services, and real-time video and data transfer tools from Smart Mobile Labs.

Automakers worldwide are increasingly joining forces with telecommunications and technology firms to integrate more software and data into their vehicles. This collaboration aims to enhance communication, entertainment, and safety features.

TJ Fox, Senior Vice President of Industrial Internet of Things and Automotive at Verizon Business, highlighted the importance of testing vehicles under various network conditions. He emphasized the future vehicle's reliance on technology and the need for robust communication systems.

Furthermore, Fox mentioned that safety applications will undergo rigorous testing, underscoring the commitment to enhancing vehicle safety through data-driven approaches.

The project's streamlined testing processes and improved access to data and communication infrastructure on roads will provide Audi with a competitive edge. Petr Kozak, Head of Development for Infotainment, Connectivity, Data Management, and Artificial Intelligence at Audi, expressed confidence in the project's ability to bolster Audi's development efforts.

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