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5G for Connected and Automated Road Mobility in the European UnioN

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Paving a new path for connected, automated transport

Road vehicles are destined to become more connected and automated thanks to technological advances in the field of transportation. But keeping motorists safe remains the top priority. This means successful vehicle manoeuvre negotiations are needed on several automation levels. In this context, the EU-funded 5G-CARMEN project provides a cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM) platform leveraging the most recent 5G advances and enabling vehicles to exchange speed, position, intended trajectories and manoeuvres by exploring distributed and centralised approaches for cooperative lane merging. Extensive cross-border trials will be undertaken across the corridor from Bologna to Munich, connecting the European regions of Bavaria, Tirol and Trentino/South-Tyrol. 5G-CARMEN will maximise commercial, societal and environmental impact by delivering safer, greener and intelligent transportation.


European mobility is drastically changing: growing urbanisation, environmental aspects, and safety are only a few of the key indicators pointing in this direction. Road infrastructures and vehicles are blending with the digital world, becoming always-connected, automated and intelligent, delivering optimal experience to passengers, and addressing societal goals (e.g. emission and accident reduction) and economic needs (e.g. vehicles as smart-living environments). In this respect, the European Union pushes for large-scale collaborative cross-border validation activities on cooperative, connected and automated mobility.
5G-CARMEN addresses these challenges harnessing the concept of “Mobility Corridors”. In 5G-CARMEN important European industries, academics and innovative SMEs commit to achieve world-wide impact by conducting extensive trials across an important corridor (by people/goods traffic volumes), from Bologna to Munich, spanning 600 km of roads, connecting three European regions (Bavaria, Tirol and Trentino/South-Tyrol) across three countries. Vehicle manoeuvre negotiation (at various levels of automation), infotainment, and emission control in sensitive areas are the cross-border use cases targeted by 5G-CARMEN pilots in order to maximise the project commercial, societal, end environmental impact.
The project will build a 5G-enabled corridor to conduct cross-border trials and will deploy a mixture of 5G micro- and macro-cells for ubiquitous C-V2X connectivity. The 5G New Radio will be used to support latency sensitive and/or bandwidth hungry services and applications. The project will leverage on a distributed mobile edge cloud spanning from the vehicle itself to the centralised cloud. Multi-tenancy and neutral host concepts will be leveraged upon to deliver a final platform capable of enabling new business models. 5G-CARMEN will complement C-V2X with LTE and C-ITS technologies, targeting interoperability and harnessing a hybrid network.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 289 500,00
38122 Trento

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Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Trento Trento
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Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 289 500,00

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