Introducing 5G Tech to Connected Vehicles

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With well over one million deaths reported in the world every year, road fatalities are a global public safety imperative. Drivers of military vehicles also often have low visibility and little information about the actual terrain ahead. To reduce the number of car accidents, carmakers, automotive suppliers, governments, academics, and even non-automotive technology providers are jointly developing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and ultimately autonomous driving systems. 

A new car safety use case, called Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, forewarns automobile drivers and pedestrians to potential safety conflicts through the use of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology. 

ADAS are electronic systems that help the vehicle driver while driving or during parking. When designed with a safe human-machine interface, they are intended to increase car safety and more generally road safety.

The Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology developed by HARMAN, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, can be enhanced through 5G-fueled C-V2X networks, which in the coming years will enable all-new in-car experiences.

In the car, the system can work on low latency 5G peer-to-peer signals to identify objects in the vehicle’s path through proximity scanning. Similarly, pedestrians or cyclists with a C-V2X-enabled mobile device will also receive an alert that a vehicle is entering their path. As a result, vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists can be alerted to potential safety conflicts even in situations where advanced cameras can’t see obstructions – such as around corners, or through parked vehicles, according to the announcement on

HARMAN’s technology is only one of many safety enhancements enabled by V2X technology, which enables situational awareness between vehicles. Now, with the maturation of 5G technologies and networks, C-V2X creates new opportunities for vehicles to communicate with even more of their surroundings – including other vehicles, road infrastructure and control systems, as well as low visibility road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

The company designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises and services supporting the Internet of Things. Its safety expertise with Samsung’s sensor, camera and consumer experience help automakers implement advanced sensing and safety solutions.