Adding to the array of connected mobility, the German car makers Audi, BMW, and Daimler has formed an association with the telecom network equipment companies Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm. Dubbed as “5G Automotive Association”, the association will ‘develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration.’
Commenting on the formation of 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), Alfons Pfaller, Head of Infotainment Development, AUDI AG said, “Connected cars will shape the future of individual mobility, and next generation mobile networks will take the car to x connectivity to a new level. The key to success is in cross-industry collaboration. This is why we set up the 5G Automotive Association where experts from all relevant fields are teaming up.”
The association is open to adding more members from the automotive industry, ICT industry or a related ecosystem. According to a release from Ericsson, several members have already expressed its interest in joining the group.
Christoph Voigt is appointed Chairperson of the Board and Dino Flore is appointed Director General of the Association.
The new solutions developed by the association will benefit for both the automotive and ICT industries. Besides developing solutions, 5GAA will also focus on addressing key technical and regulatory issues, leveraging next generation mobile networks and integrating vehicle platforms with connectivity, networking, and computing solutions.
“The success of 5G is dependent on cross-industry work in new ecosystems to digitalize industries. With the creation of this Association, we will leverage our latest technology, 5G, and work closely together with the car industry to jointly develop solutions as well as provide input to regulation, certification, and standardization. We are excited to be co-founder and to work with leading automotive companies shaping the connected car solutions for the future,” commented Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson.