Denso and KDDI have started researching 5G’s use in automated driving.

In the verification project, Denso and KDDI will build a 5G environment in a test course at Global R&D Tokyo, Haneda, a research and development centre for automated driving operated by Denso.

The two companies will verify driver assistance technologies in automated driving vehicles using high-definition in-vehicle cameras and roadside sensors.

Denso and KDDI will verify systems for monitoring the vehicle and the situation around it by using high-definition images from in-vehicle cameras and roadside sensors based on 5G high-speed, large-capacity communication.

The companies will leverage low latency connections, which are achieved through edge computing technology for 5G, including AWS Wavelength, to build a system for distributing the road situation to automated driving vehicles in real time and to verify the remote driver assistance technology.

Denso and KDDI plan to conduct verification using end-to-end (E2E) network slicing. This technology provides communication environment preferences, depending on the application and requirements, by virtually partitioning a network. The technology is expected to be used in fields such as automated driving, where various types of data must be communicated depending on the priority.

More broadly, the verification project aims to promote the use of 5G in automated driving by combining Denso’s experience in developing in-vehicle communication technologies and KDDI’s work in network technologies.