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Telefonica and Huawei have claimed another industry first with the successful completion of a proof of concept (PoC) for 5G-based vehicle-to-anything communication networks (known as 5G-V2X) at their 5G Joint Innovation Lab in Madrid, according Telecompaper. The test was based on the latest 3GPP New Radio (NR) Standard specification available since December 2017. Due to the high reliability and fast reaction times required by autonomous vehicles, the PoC test demonstrated that the Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) mode for 5G NR can effectively support V2X with higher system capacity and better coverage.
 
The partners said the exercise achieved 99.999 percent reliability with a low latency of 1ms required for autonomous driving in a typical macro cellular outdoor environment, such as dense urban, suburban and rural areas. Telefonica and Huawei added that the test helped lay the foundations for large-scale field trials with the upcoming commercial deployments of 5G wireless networks worldwide. 
 
Some of the advanced 5G-V2X services to benefit from the technology include vehicle platooning, extended sensor and remote driving.