The 5GCAR project, created by a consortium of corporations led by Ericsson, has advanced to Phase 2 of the EU’s 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) initiative. As one of the groups selected for the next phase of the project, the 5GCAR group is now eligible to receive EUR 8 million in funding and support from the EU.

The 5GCAR consortium is focused on developing 5G system architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. When completed, the 5G architecture will allow connected vehicles next-level network connectivity, to reduce latency and increase reliability of V2X services.

The 5GCAR project will run from now through May 2019 and will employ 30 full-time researchers, using grants from the EU to advance 5G for the connected car. The group’s goal is the safe deployment of the connected vehicle in Europe by 2020.

Led by Ericsson, the 5GCAR consortium is made up of representatives from 14 partner organizations including Bosch, Huawei, Orange, Nokia, and Volvo, as well as researchers from academic institutions such as King’s College London and the Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya.

Franck Bouetard, Head of Ericsson France, said of the project, “The European funding granted to our 5GCAR project is a major step, as it will allow our initiative to further develop in order to meet the market needs by 2020. Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment in the continent in the future.”

The 5G PPP is a group made up of members of the EU and private sector participants drawn from telecommunications operations, manufacturers, service providers, researchers and SMEs. The group was formed to promote and advance 5G systems in Europe and globally, and has a stated goal to “deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the ubiquitous next generation communication infrastructures of the coming decade.”

Members of the 5G PPP put forward 101 different ideas to promote and advance 5G adoption in Europe in Phase 1. Of these, 21 were selected to move forward to Phase 2. Other projects selected for EU funding include 5GCity, 5GMedia, and Sat5G. These 21 projects will have access to a dedicated portion of the overall 5GPPP grants budget of EUR 154 million.