Orange Spain, Applus+ IDIADA And Ericsson Drive Automotive Connectivity

High Investment in AI and Machine Learning will Enhance Automotive Digital Assistants by 2025

By Francois Giudice, Correspondent France

A global company headquartered at Santa Oliva (Tarragona) near Barcelona, Applus+ IDIADA which is working with vehicle manufacturers worldwide to develop and validate technologies for the automotive industry is collaborating with telecommunications giants to boost automotive connectivity .

The Santa Oliva facility has witnessed the development of many vehicle design features, services and improvements that we now take for granted.

The Orange Spain 5G dedicated network across the site will help to enable the same level of innovation and delivery of future autonomous, IoT and connected transport through proof of concept testing, development and technology homologation. Driverless technology, automated services, vehicle performance, telematics and infotainment will be among the focus areas.

Ericsson will provide an IP connectivity solution capable of supporting 5G in addition to legacy networks. It will comprise Ericsson Router 6000 and Enterprise Core solutions across the site. Ericsson will also provide support and maintenance services. The network is scheduled to be fully operational in June 2021.

CEO, Applus+ IDIADA’s, Josep-Maria Farran  says: “The agreement reached with Orange and the support of Ericsson, combined with our test tracks and engineering team, consolidate us as the best European centre for the development of connected and automated vehicles.”

Director, Orange Large Companies Accounts, Catalonia Region, Víctor Vera says: “Thanks to this technological solution, the best and most modern facilities equipped with hyper connectivity will be made available to the automotive industry.”

Head of Digital Services, Ericsson Iberia, Luisa Muñoz says: “We have a strong commitment to help Orange in the growth of private networks in Spain. Ericsson has an end-to-end portfolio well prepared to address any need in this area. We are delighted to be partner with Orange and Applus+ IDIADA to collaborate on the future of the autonomous car.”

Ericsson’s mobility partnership with Orange Spain dates back more than 20 years to the first generation of mobile technology. Ericsson is already partnering with Orange Spain to deploy commercial 5G across Spain, including Barcelona and Madrid, where services went live in September 2020.

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