Two Spanish banks -the CTAG (galician and the CTTC Catalan — are part of the consortium around 5GCAR to be funded by the European Union for research on automotive connectivity and 5G.

The 4G technology is present but not the future. The future is now same goes for 5G, a technology that employs different members of the industry and that will lead to a business of more than 1,200 million dollars in less than a decade. So estima Ericsson, who sees applications for the 5G in the energy services, manufacturing, public safety, in health, in entertainment, in finance and also in the transport.

In fact, Ericsson will lead a project on 5G-oriented automotive that has just been awarded by the European Union. This is the project 5GCAR, a name that comes from “Fifth Generation Communication, Automotive Research and innovation” and it has to do with the research combined about cars and the fifth generation of mobile communications. The specific objective of 5GCAR is develop an architecture 5G global is able to supply network connectivity V2X, this is vehicle-to-everything. A connectivity that will be optimized end-to-end service with low latency and high reliability. In this sense, what we pretend to Ericsson and its partners is to promote the 5G in the vehicles connected.

The partners of Ericsson in the consortium that has formed around 5GCAR are the companies Bosch, PSA Group, Huawei, Marben, Nokia, Orange, Sequans, Viscoda and Volvo Cars. Are also represented the Technological University of Chalmers in Sweden and King’s College London. The group is completed by two Spanish banks. On the one hand, the Technology Center Automotive of Galicia (CTAG) and, on the other hand, the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC).

The initiative of 5GCAR is part of phase 2 of the 5GPPP or Association to the Public-Private Partnership on 5G that supports the European Commission in collaboration with a whole range of manufacturers, operators, service providers, smes and researchers. In the first phase, the list of 83 proposals was reduced to a selection of 19 projects. Now, in this new phase, and will stand 21 candidates of 101. As one of the elect, 5GCAR will have a duration of two years, until June 2019, and will involve thirty investigators. Up to 154 million euros have been budgeted by Brussels for the various projects. 5GCAR you will receive 8 million, and it is contemplated that it may receive funds for more testing.

“The european funds granted to our Project 5GCAR are an important step, as it will allow our initiative continues to evolve to meet the needs of the market in 2020”, indicated Franck Bouetard, head of Ericsson France, who believes that “to have these projects in Europe is key” because “will ensure additional business and employment on the continent in the future”. Is for 2020 when it is expected that 5G will enter in the market.