DEKRA and Telefónica, together with the Regional Government of Andalusia and Malaga City Council, have unveiled an R&D laboratory for the development of connected driving in Malaga’s Andalusia Technology Park.

The park has infrastructure to test 5G solutions and V2X technologies, which also includes the participation of Seat.

The centre already provides a testing environment to validate devices, applications and services.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, V2X-connected technologies and car applications can prevent 600,000 traffic accidents per year.

The R&D laboratory offers a 51,000m2 outdoor test area for Spanish frequencies where junctions, straight and curved streets, unpaved areas, beacons, roundabouts and tunnels have been installed, all of them fitted with sensors. The circuit is completed with real and simulated vehicles, as well as continuous monitoring.

The external area is currently open to component, device, infrastructure and vehicle manufacturers for the development of connected driving in Europe.

It has been accessed by the participants of the first C-V2X PlugTestTM organised by ETSI, in collaboration with 5GAA, which attracted a total of 17 C-V2X solution and device providers, as well as members of ETSI and 5GAA, who verified the interoperability between their devices and solutions.

Observers from different organisations who were present witnessed more than 300 tests, based on a plan with more than 38 test scenarios, which yielded a 95% success rate.

“At Telefónica we are committed to the mobility of the future, connected mobility and the next step, autonomous mobility,” said Telefónica Spain CEO, Maria Jesus Almazor. 

“To make this a reality, we must overcome a series of challenges, including connectivity, so all the players in this ecosystem opt for mobile access and C-V2X (Cellular vehicle-to-anything) technology as the language of communication.