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5G for CAM: towards implementation


This event has been organised by IEEE and took place via GoToWebinar and is focused on the Automotive and Mechatronics forum with the theme of Smart cities. All the information about the programme can be found here.


Smart cities

General information

Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) is a specific application area of 5G in which means of transport are autonomously driven and interconnected with their environment at all times, being able to share real-time data with each other and with pedestrians, road infrastructure, public telecommunication networks and even cloud resources.

CAM offers a wide range of digital services that improve the user experience when using their vehicle in three ways:

Safety (avoids accidents)
Efficiency and sustainability (reduces traffic and congestion through methods such as lane merging or truck platooning and reduces greenhouse gas emissions)
Connectivity (provides services such as infotainment, C-V2X or Car-to-Cloud).
Thus, the implementation of 5G in the transport sector brings with it a large number of functionalities for vehicles. EU efforts are currently focused on ensuring that such connectivity and functionalities are not interrupted when crossing borders and can be enjoyed by users at any time and in any part of Europe. Therefore, the investments of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF 2.0) are mainly aimed at improving this aspect on stretches of roads connecting several countries called cross-border 5G corridors.

The commercial launch and market entry of 5G for CAM was planned in most EU countries by the end of 2020. From 2021, a rapid increase in large-scale deployment of this technology is expected until 2030, reflected in the vision for Europe's Digital Decade. This will result in a harmonised European market from which a multitude of stakeholders or industry associations in the automotive, technology and telecommunications sectors can benefit.

Timeline of 5G for CAM in Europe and projects carried out so far in cross-border 5G corridors:

  1. Letter of Intent (2017) to cooperate on future trials and demonstrations with CAM pilot projects in designated cross-border corridors.
  2. Launch of three CAM design, testing and use case validation projects (2018) in cross-border land corridors (roads and railways)
  3. Launch of three additional new 5G CAM infrastructure projects on cross-border corridors implementing 5G on a wider range of transport infrastructure, including ports and maritime routes.
  4. Publication of the CAM-5G Strategic Deployment Agenda (2020) to accelerate the deployment of these infrastructures, so far in the validation phase.
  5. 5G for Europe" Action Plan


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