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Integrated Telematics for Next Generation 5G Vehicular Communications

Project description

Training the next generation of experts in the European car industry

Designed to be the global standard for the air interface of 5G networks, 5G NR (5G new radio), the physical connection method for radio-based communication, is revolutionising how data is sent and received. For instance, all mobile telephones convert voice into digital sound using radio waves. The EU-funded ITN-5VC project will address the need to deploy advanced communication and autonomous driving capabilities in vehicles. Eleven early-stage researchers will work with leading industrial manufacturers and academics to investigate the problems that arise from the integration of multi-band, multi-antenna communications, including mmWave, with radar heads and other wireless sensors. The aim is to ensure the transmission chains and radiation systems are efficiently reused and deliver the required performance.


The imminent need of deploying advanced communication and autonomous driving capabilities in vehicles is turning the race towards the realization of the so called fifth generation new radio (5G NR) networks into a real odyssey for the European automotive industry. The challenges arising from the coexistence of MIMO systems on vehicles, the growing number of sensors and radars and cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) in the realm of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications are piling up. Many of them have not been solved yet due to the lack of qualified personnel with joint expertise in communications and sensing technologies. Thus, the acute need of the proposed ITN-5VC project, a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) training network, arises.

ITN-5VC aims to investigate the key problems of the integration of multi-band multi-antenna communications, including mmWave, with radar heads and other wireless sensors into the same telematics unit, so that transmission chains and radiation systems were efficiently reused in a cost-efficient manner while delivering the required performance. Multiple antenna deployment, joint operation and performance of the resulting automotive solution will be investigated by 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working with top industrial manufacturers and academia in Europe. The training will tackle three main topics:
• Vehicular communications integrated with radar sensors for the sake of simplified telematics.
• Improved antenna and phased array technology deployment on the vehicle’s body or surface.
• Efficient protocol integration on V2X-specific system on chips for joint communication and sensing deployment on vehicles.

ITN-5VC will apply a new training Programme that follows the EU principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. Additionally, ITN-5VC training will apply short term missions, periodic challenges and an ECTS credit competition to boost the participation and engagement of the students to the Programme.


Net EU contribution
€ 501 809,76
46022 Valencia

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 501 809,76

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