Japanese auto maker Honda has deployed more than 200 connected vehicles along Ohio’s 33 Smart Mobility Corridor to test its Safe Swarm technology. Through vehicle-to-everything communication, Safe Swarm enables sharing of key information such as location, speed and vehicle sensor data. One limitation of this approach is the need to outfit each vehicle with onboard artificial intelligence capabilities.
Honda says that by harnessing 5G, AI capabilities can be moved from the vehicle to 5G mobile edge compute (MEC), reducing the need for AI on board every vehicle. At the Mcity proving ground in Michigan, Honda and Verizon are exploring how Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G MEC can ensure fast, reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles and pedestrians.