M1 and NTU are collaborating to integrate 5G technology into cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) research testbeds and trials – first of its kind in Singapore – as part of Singapore’s ongoing transition into a global innovation hub for research in connected mobility.
Optimising Road Usage Through 5G Technology
C-V2X communications is used to enhance safety by relaying real-time traffic navigation and hazard information to users in advance. It can send traffic warning notifications at road junctions, which helps optimise road usage by reducing travelling time and minimising the risk of accidents.
M1 will provide the infrastructure for a 5G connected mobility testbed and trial by deploying three 5G base stations for C-V2X communications at the NTU Smart Campus. The increased capacity and capabilities of the network will deliver ultra-fast and reliable low-latency communications over a wider coverage area. The network’s radio efficiency is further improved by massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output that can support hundreds of sensors on-board vehicles including transport infrastructure such as traffic lights.
This also allow industry partners to co-design and co-deploy 5G connected mobility solutions for a range of safety-critical use cases such as collision avoidance, real time traffic routing, and network security. C-V2X equipment will be installed in shuttle buses and autonomous vehicles that ply the NTU Smart Campus.
This enables vehicle localisation tests in a real-world environment and 5G network assessment for C-V2X communications. Industry partners will also be invited to explore the integration of this technology with autonomous vehicles, traffic infrastructure and unmanned aircraft systems.
Supporting Singapore’s push towards 5G urban connected mobility development, Minister of Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran, announced the launch of the NTU Connected Smart Mobility Testbed to research, develop, and demonstrate new 5G connected mobility solutions alongside industry. This S$24 million testbed which spans the 200-hectare NTU Smart Campus, pulls together several successful development and tests of transportation technologies using the international car-to-car wireless standard for vehicular use.