The 5G testbed at the Bikernieki race track in Riga imitates cross-border connectivity, which is crucial for testing connected and automated mobility innovations before implementing them in Europe.
The first use case demonstrations, as a part of the 5G-Routes project, have been held at the 5G cross-border mobility testbed at the Bikernieki race track in Riga, Latvia.
The testbed imitates cross-border connectivity, which is crucial for testing connected and automated mobility innovations before implementing them in Europe. Four cross-border use cases were demonstrated in total by several 5G-Routes project partners.
The Latvian Institute of Electronics and Computer Science showcased dynamic vehicles ‘platooning’ – a scenario in which an autonomous vehicle copies the manoeuvres performed by a manually controlled vehicle, using only vehicle data sent and received over a commercial 5G network.
The Vedecom Institute for the Energy Transition and Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) tested two interconnected use cases: a vulnerable road user (VRU) collision avoidance; and connected maintenance. In the demo, a pedestrian received alerts from a connected electric vehicle that had detected faults via sensors, warning the pedestrian of a potential collision and providing crucial seconds to remove themselves from danger. The VRU and the electric vehicle were each connected to a different mobile operator, testing the cross-border connectivity.
“A closed and safe cross-border testing space significantly alleviates this hurdle, facilitating testing on a wider scale and massively accelerating the development of innovative cross-border solutions in all industries, including smart mobility”
Latvia’s cross-border 5G mobility space was launched as a part of the 5G-Routes project – an EU-funded future mobility initiative to develop innovative and commercially exploitable connected and automated mobility (Cam) use cases and ensure cross-border automated mobility. The testbed has been developed by the Latvian mobile operator LMT in collaboration with Estonia’s Telia.
When implementing Cam in a cross-border environment, the main challenge is ensuring seamless connectivity. Cross-border connectivity in Europe has been addressed by several EU-funded projects, including 5G-Mobix, which focuses on developing 5G use cases in transportation, emphasising cross-border functionality.
“Thus, a closed and safe cross-border testing space significantly alleviates this hurdle, facilitating testing on a wider scale and massively accelerating the development of innovative cross-border solutions in all industries, including smart mobility.”
The 5G-Routes project, with a consortium made up of 21 partners from nine European countries, began work in September 2020. Since then, it has demonstrated several use cases and worked on providing the necessary 5G infrastructure for cross-border testing.
The project’s consortium is preparing to test use cases in the Valka-Valga trial site, located on the Latvian-Estonian border, and the Finnish-Estonian cross border trial site, situated between the Vuosaari and Muuga harbours.
Use case testing in the 5G mobility testbed in Latvia was hosted by 5G-Routes consortium member LMT, which also coordinates the implementation of the 5G infrastructure across the 5G-Routes test sites in Latvia, Estonia, and Finland in collaboration with project partners.