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Transport operator Transdev and telecoms firm Ericsson have teamed up in France on an autonomous vehicle (AV) cybersecurity project.
The companies have deployed high-speed private network LTE data communications to demonstrate secure mobility operations with AVs.
The Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab (RNAL) project is an on-demand shared and autonomous mobility service operating on open roads with four Renault ZOEs and, soon, with an i- Cristal Transdev Lohr shuttle.
Franck Bouetard, head of Ericsson France, says the partnership will allow the company to explore industry requirements towards 5G, using its mobile broadband solutions.
”Our private LTE network improves significantly communications by providing secure and scalable new mobile broadband services,” Bouetard adds.
Ericsson’s private LTE network connects different parts of Transdev’s autonomous transport system: the autonomous vehicles, the connected infrastructure such as sensors and Lidar, and the supervision in the operating control centre.
Transdev says the private LTE (4G+) network infrastructure operates in three different 3GPP frequency bands (in the 2600 MHz range) and offers LTE network data speeds of 80 Mbit/s in downlink and 29 Mbit/s in uplink.
Other partners involved in the RNAL project include Métropole Rouen Normandie, financial institution Caisse des Dépôts, insurance company Matmut and European regional funds provider FEDER.
Last year, Ericsson announced plans to modernise communication service provider Hi3G’s transport network with 5G routers to offer a high-capacity network to subscribers in Denmark.