Austrian and US universities to research mmWave use in connected cars

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A group of Austrian and US universities is teaming up to research how 5G in mmWave bands can support communications between vehicles.

The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), Brno University of Technology and the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering will work together to examine how data can be transferred between vehicles in bands above 28GHz.

The coalition will look particularly at how waves propagate in these bands, especially in harsh environments.

It will aim to develop tools to both measure and estimate wave moments, making it easier for mobile operators to plan their roll-out of networks.

“This work into understanding propagation channels is a key prerequisite to improving communication between vehicles for road safety and autonomous driving to achieve the goal of zero accidents,” AIT said in a statement.

Andreas Molisch, Professor at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, said: "Only by understanding the fundamentals, in particular the wave propagation in vehicle-to-vehicle environments, can we design the systems that have the reliability needed for revolutionary applications that will save lives and improve quality-of-life for many."

AIT is becoming something of an Austrian hub for 5G research, partnering with Siemens to explore the industrial IoT in a new project announced this week. The project will particularly focus on how 5G can meet the low latency requirements of manufacturing.