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System level impacts of (cellular) connectivity-enhanced transport.


ITRL Contact: Jonas Mårtensson

Research program: Connectivity

Time period: 1 dec 2021 - 30 nov 2025

Funded by: Trafikverket

Partners: Ericsson, Telia, Scania, Trafikverket

Involved people: Elisa Bin, Gabor Fodor , Jonas Mårtensson


Mobile connectivity and other connections will be a critical factor in the road transport system infrastructure. It’s estimated that there will be half a billion connected vehicles in 2025. Vehicles will be connected to the internet and cloud services to gain access to online services such as traffic and route information. Vehicles will also be connected to each other to handle complex situations and coordinate decisions. These systems will bring new demands on reliability, latency, and efficiency.


The goal of this project is to study the system-level societal and environmental impacts of providing mobile connectivity to transport systems and services. Various classes of connected transport services will be analyzed to quantify their relevance over time for transport system sustainability (defined in a broad sense, comprising environmental impact, safety, efficiency, and business models). The connectivity requirements of the most relevant service types will be analyzed and used to assess the required network performance along different types of roads, and how those networks can be deployed. Costs of deploying and operating the network and the added value provided for the transport operator and end users – including individuals, public transport and cargo service providers -- will be investigated. Based on the technical and economic analysis, the project will identify hurdles and possibilities for deployment, adoption, and usage. The project will identify technical and business solutions for mobile network operators, transport service providers and road infrastructure operators that contribute to a sustainable transport evolution.