Earlier this year, I had the honor of being selected to represent our company for the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). Having spent a good part of my 30-year career with HP/Agilent/Keysight in the mobile wireless industry, I must admit, this is a very exciting opportunity to be linked directly into the evolution of cellular technology and how it will shape the future of automotive connectivity, autonomous vehicles and enhanced safety.
I attended the 5GAA’s first F2F meeting in Barcelona in February with 120 members representing different industries and organizations from many different countries. A friend jokingly likened it to being invited to an unexpected marriage of two celebrities.
For the combined 5GAA technology, there is one side consisting of the Network Operators with their up and coming technology star, 5G, promising superfast broadband speeds, ubiquitous connectivity, seamless multiple applications and superb performance. On the other side there is the automotive industry, which is already hogging the limelight, igniting the imagination of engineers worldwide designing the next slew of Connected Car experiences, from ADAS to self-driving and even flying cars!
In this 5G-AA ‘marriage,’ clan members all have an active hand in shaping the new ‘baby’ which is described by the 5GAA Mission Statement –
Develop, test and promote communications solutions, initiate their standardization and accelerate their commercial availability and global market penetration to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as autonomous driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart city and intelligent transportation.
5GAA has set up five working groups (WGs) and have adopted 3GPP procedures to deliver on the above Mission Statement :
- WG1 - Determines use cases & technical requirements. An area of focus is addressing latency issues in cellular-V2X communication.
- WG2 – Once WG1 outlines the use cases and technical requirements, this group will define the system architecture and solutions, such as what network architecture is required to achieve 1 ms end-to-end latency for cellular-V2X.
- WG3 – Next comes evaluation, testbeds and pilots, and the challenge of figuring out how to test these architectures or devices, to make sure the device performance meets requirements.
- WG4 – Members in this work group focus on defining the standards and spectra associated with the Connected Car ecosystem, and interoperability with other platforms such as 3GPP.
- WG5 – Technology is only as viable as its adoption by people. So WG5 focuses on business models, go-to market, and how to maximize the benefits of Cellular- V2X (V2V, V2C, V2I, V2N) to promote safety and enhanced driving experience.
From a Keysight point of view, there is a lot of experience to offer across the workgroups and we will be able to make significant contributions to the organization. For example, we can leverage our aerospace & defense and communication experiences as 5G moves us into mmW frequencies with challenging performance targets for reliability and latency. We also have expertise in developing and testing new radio architectures, modems, wireless interfaces and antenna systems, all of which are going to be re-engineered for 5G and even subsequent releases of 4G LTE/LTE-A will require additional testing and verification.
Keysight is in an excellent position to contribute and even accelerate the vision of 5GAA to deliver on its Mission Statement. It's a chance to change the world and make it a safer place. How much more exciting can being a part of these new technologies and their advancements get?
In my next blog, I will address one of my pet topics, latency and its impact on safety. Till then, thank you for visiting my blog and here’s a message about 5GAA that I gave at MWC in Barcelona : https://youtu.be/7H1vFgAEhSs
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