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Verizon MEC brings 5G connected vehicles closer to reality

21 Renovo 5G and MEC Use Case Verizon.
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Verizon and Amazon have announced that two additional cities, Dallas and Miami, can now access Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, enabling developers to build new latency-sensitive applications, which the companies say will “transform industries ranging from healthcare to transportation”.

Verizon and AWS launched Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength in Boston and the Bay Area during August 2020, and have since expanded to seven cities overall, including Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC – with plans to reach ten cities by the end of the year.

“We’re already seeing today how customers are leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength to create next-generation use cases."

Tami Erwin, Verizon Business.

“We’re already seeing today how customers are leveraging the powerful combination of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength to create next-generation use cases in industries ranging from transportation to healthcare,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business. “While we’re still in the early days of 5G, it’s astounding to witness the development of experiences that were not feasible before the advent of 5G and mobile edge computing.”

Autonomous and connected vehicles

5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) are considered to be essential ingredients in the development of 5G use cases such as autonomous and connected vehicles. And Verizon has taken the opportunity, whilst announcing two new MEC cities, to showcase two of its leading partners in 5G-powered connected vehicle development: Renovo and Savari.

Verizon and Renovo partner to develop 5G vehicles.

(Image credit: Verizon.)

Renovo’s automotive data platform intelligently indexes and filters Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) data in what is essentially real-time. And Verizon’s 5G and MEC deployments have enabled Renovo to test real-time alerts for vehicle vicinity, emergency-braking, and other situations where drivers need to react quickly. 

“5G and MEC will be transformative for automakers, enabling them to offer new ADAS services that will keep drivers safe and informed of hazards in near real-time,” said Christopher Heiser, co-founder and CEO at Renovo. “With 5G and MEC, we have built a robust, low latency, and high bandwidth solution that aligns with the demands of today’s data-driven automotive product roadmaps. We look forward to testing with AWS Wavelength and Verizon 5G Edge.”

Savari is also testing how the high bandwidth and ultra-low latencies enabled by 5G and MEC can support applications that can provide warning information to drivers and pedestrians in near real-time.

"We are enabling the intelligent transportation systems of the future in which vehicles will see around blind corners and intersections."

Ravi Puvvala, Savari.

“As we work together on the next generation of infrastructure hardware and software, we are enabling the intelligent transportation systems of the future in which vehicles will see around blind corners and intersections; avoid vulnerable road users like pedestrians and bicyclists; instantly react to emergencies via 360-degree awareness of the traffic grid; and share unsafe road conditions with other vehicles in real time,” said Ravi Puvvala, CEO at Savari. "The C-V2X trial with Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength leverages the power of 5G and MEC to create communication paths that are hyperlocal, highly reliable, and super-low latency to make our roads many times safer, with unprecedented levels of high efficiency and low environmental impact.” 

LG Electronics is also piloting a next-generation C-V2X platform using Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength, which will include a service that shares data between connected vehicles, and will improve safety for drivers, but also for pedestrians, whilst also helping authorities improve transport infrastructure. 

Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.