5G-IANA: A new Horizon 2020 project on 5G Intelligent Automotive Network Applications

ICCS, our project coordinator, introduces the project and provides a general introduction to its technical objectives, methodology and main expected outcomes

5G-based Automotive-related services (i.e., Connected and Automated Mobility services) are a broad range of digital services in and around vehicles including both safety-related and other commercial services provided, enabled, or supported by 5G networks. The rollout of 5G is expected to become a “game changer”. The prospect that 5G will be a unified multi-service platform, serving not only the traditional mobile broadband market but also enabling digital transformation in a number of vertical industries, is expected to result in the creation of unprecedented opportunities for innovation and economic growth.

In view of this opportunity, 5G-IANA aims at providing an open 5G experimentation platform, on top of which third party experimenters, i.e., Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Automotive-related 5G-PPP vertical will have the opportunity to develop, deploy and test their services. An Automotive Open Experimental Platform (AOEP) will be specified, as the whole set of hardware and software resources that provides the computational and communication/transport infrastructure as well as the management and orchestration components, coupled with an enhanced NetApp Toolkit tailored to the Automotive sector. 5G-IANA will expose to experimenters secured and standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for facilitating all the different steps towards the production stage of a new service.

5G-IANA will target different virtualization technologies integrating different Management and Orchestration (MANO) frameworks for enabling the deployment of the end-to-end network services across different domains (vehicles, road infrastructure, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) nodes and cloud resources). 5G-IANA NetApp toolkit will be linked with a new Automotive Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) Repository including an extended list of ready to use open accessible Automotive-related VNFs and NetApp templates, that will form a repository for SMEs to use and develop new applications.

Furthermore, 5G-IANA will develop a Distributed Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) (DML) framework, that will provide functionalities for simplified management and orchestration of collections of AI/ML service components and will allow ML-based applications to penetrate the Automotive world, due to its inherent privacy preserving nature.

5G-IANA will be demonstrated through seven Automotive-related use cases in two 5G Stand Alone (SA) testbeds, which are:

  1. Remote driving
  2. Manoeuvres coordination for autonomous driving (vehicle-side and road-side manoeuvre coordination)
  3. Infotainment
  4. Augmented reality (AR) content delivery for vehicular networks
  5. Parking circulation & high-risk driving hotspot detection
  6. Network status monitoring
  7. Situational awareness in cross border road tunnel accidents.

Moving beyond technological challenges, and exploiting input from the demonstration activities, 5G-IANA will perform a multi-stakeholder cost-benefit analysis that will identify and validate market conditions for innovative, yet sustainable business models supporting a long-term roadmap towards the pan-European deployment of 5G as key advanced Automotive services enabler.

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS (ICCS)