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5G-enabled test-bed for autonomous cars in dangerous intersections

Published Apr 20, 2023

A new WASP project will investigate how to coordinate autonomous and connected vehicles to drive safely in uncertain traffic situations using 5G.

Perhaps there is a particularly dangerous intersection near your home or unpredictable pedestrians at the crosswalk near your work, for autonomous cars they need to be aware of the particular challenges in these locations to ensure the safety of the vehicle and people in and around it. In the new project WASP Bridge this is referred to as “regional intelligence”.

The project aims to design and implement a regional intelligence that can enhance the safety of traffic by using novel control algorithms, 5G networking technology, and tight integration with automated driving systems. It will utilise 5G to share situational awareness and coordinate connected vehicles in intersections and crosswalks.

The WASP researchers, Ericsson, and Scania will design and implement regional intelligence on a 5G-equipped edge server at Kista Innovation Park (KIP) that will support shared situational awareness and safe coordination of automated vehicles in intersections and pedestrian crosswalks. At ITRL the SVEA platform will be used to evaluate the experiments in 1/10 scale.

The project is comprised of four key activities:

  • Identify the key requirements on the 5G network
  • Develop the infrastructure behind the connected infrastructure
  • Implement and validate regional intelligence at Kista Innovation Park (KIP)
  • Demonstrate shared situational awareness and safe coordination in 4-way intersections

The project is a collaboration between KTH, Scania, and Ericsson, and has a planned duration of 12 months starting in April 2023.

WASP Bridge project page