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Telefonica Opens V2X R&D Lab in Malaga in Spain

Infrastructure News - Published on Mon, 10 Feb 2020

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Global expert in testing, inspection and certification DEKRA and Telefónica, together with the Regional Government of Andalusia and Malaga City Council, unveiled the most advanced R&D laboratory in southern Europe for the development of connected driving in Malaga's Andalusia Technology Park, with all the infrastructure needed to test 5G solutions and V2X vehicle to everything technologies, which also includes the participation of SEAT. The centre already provides a complete and solid testing environment to validate devices, applications and services that contribute to strengthening the development of connected driving with the aim of avoiding traffic accidents, improving the driving experience and contributing to environmental protection. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration V2X-connected technologies and car applications can prevent 600,000 traffic accidents per year.

This R&D laboratory, a benchmark in Europe, offers a 51,000m2 outdoor test area for Spanish frequencies where junctions, straight and curved streets, unpaved areas, beacons, roundabouts and tunnels have been installed, all of them fitted with sensors. The circuit is completed with real and simulated vehicles, as well as continuous monitoring. This is thus a testing environment for connected driving that replicates real traffic conditions and behaviours, with the security that comes from being a private test area.

Some of the business lines with the V2x technology to be carried out at this Centre will be connectivity and on-board services; advanced navigation and infrastructure; vehicle monitoring and maintenance; payment automation; safety and accident prevention and assisted driving and autonomous vehicles, among others.

The external area is currently open to component, device, infrastructure and vehicle manufacturers to further advance the development of connected driving in Europe. In fact, it has already been accessed by the participants of the first C-V2X PlugTestTM organised by ETSI, in collaboration with 5GAA, which attracted a total of 17 top-level C-V2X solution and device providers, and members of ETSI and 5GAA, who verified the interoperability between their devices and solutions. Observers from different organisations who were present witnessed more than 300 tests, based on a plan with more than 38 test scenarios, which yielded a 95% success rate.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Mon, 10 Feb 2020
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