Vodafone Germany and Here Technologies have signed a preliminary agreement to develop a 5G real-time atlas for connected cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The two companies will soon begin testing Here’s HD Live Map for connected cars with speeds up to 10 Gbps and latency of less than 10 milliseconds in Vodafone’s 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven, Germany, said Vodafone.
Here integrates anonymous data it receives from connected cars on driving conditions and other information into its real-time HD maps to enable other autonomous cars to adjust their driving routes accordingly. Here’s HD Live Map is one of several services it is building on its Open Location Platform for location-baed products and services.
Vodafone said it is looking at opportunities to incorporate services from Here’s Open Location Platform into its own automotive-based offerings as part of this partnership. These could include using Here’s Real-time Traffic and Safety services that utilize data from vehicle sensors to develop real-time pictures of road networks, they said. Here expects that it will be processing data aggregated from over 10 million cars by 2019.
Here and Vodafone also unveiled technologies at the CES 2018 to help cities digitize their infrastructure with an intelligent waste management system. The system equips waste bins with sensors that alert municipal authorities when they are full and need to be emptied, which should help reduce traffic and fuel consumption in cities, said Vodafone.