Eurofiber facilitates European project for self-driving car

Maarssen, 27 February 2017 - Eurofiber is taking part today in the European round table Connected & Automated Driving during the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The round table, led by Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, is another milestone on the way to the self-driving car

Maarssen, 27 February 2017 - Eurofiber is taking part today in the European round table Connected & Automated Driving during the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The round table, led by Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, is another milestone on the way to the self-driving car. The European Automotive Telecom Alliance (EATA), with Eurofiber in the steering committee, presents its ambitions and plans for the rollout of a European network that allows self-driving cars to take the road. Part of those plans is the so-called CONCORDA project. This includes the pilot for 'Truck Platooning' in the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH), in which Eurofiber plays a proactive role. During the round table, the EATA also signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). With this signing, the EATA and 5GAA emphasize the importance of a worldwide collaboration between the ICT and automotive industry in the field of intelligent vehicle and road transport systems.

"The launch of the CONCORDA project and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the 5G Automotive Association show that serious work is being done on international cooperation to arrive at concrete solutions for self-driving cars. We at Eurofiber are a huge supporter of that, hence our active role within the EATA. With our open fiber network, which extends across the Benelux, we offer an important basis for the deployment of self-driving cars. It is often forgotten that you do not just need smart cars, but also a high-quality and digital infrastructure that does not stop at the border ", says Bart Oskam, CTO of the Eurofiber Group.

Accelerate adoption technology Truck Platooning
The pilot project for Truck Platooning in MRDH, in which Eurofiber participates, is one of the pilot cases within the CONCORDA project that EATA recently submitted to the European Commission. CONCORDA involves leading telecom and automotive companies from five European Union countries. In the pilot for Truck Platooning, Eurofiber is investigating the communication infrastructure that is needed to allow trucks to be automated in platoons and to communicate with intelligent logistics and transport systems. The aim is to increase road safety and traffic flow, reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and increase driver productivity. With the pilot project, which starts at the end of 2017, Eurofiber wants to accelerate the adoption of Truck Platooning technologies. The pilot initially focuses on peloton driving within the Rotterdam port area. The next step is expansion within MRDH and beyond. By 2020 the first commercial applications can be a reality. In the longer term, unmanned, fully self-driving trucks will be strived for. In the pilot project Eurofiber cooperates with TNO, Smart Port, Thales, CGI and ARS.

Far-reaching international cooperation
Far-reaching international cooperation is crucial in the development and deployment of solutions for 'connected and automated driving'. These are combinations of technologies from various sectors, which are deployed within complex ecosystems with various chain partners and must also work across borders. In the 5GAA, companies such as Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Vodafone are represented. Signing the MoU by EATA and 5GAA is an important step in the development of internationally deployable and commercially viable solutions for 'connected and automated driving'.

About Eurofiber Group
Eurofiber Group is a supplier of high-quality digital infrastructure. With our own fiber optic network and our secure data centers, we offer companies, governments and non-profit organizations a future-proof infrastructure. Since our establishment in 2000, we have been expanding our fiber optic network continuously. With more than 26, 000 kilometers of fiber, the network extends across the Netherlands and Belgium and into Germany.

At Eurofiber we believe in an open infrastructure, where network and ICT services are offered separately. This also applies to our data centers. With this open infrastructure we give our customers the freedom to choose the services, applications and providers that they need. Eurofiber Group currently employs more than 300 people and consists of the subsidiaries Eurofiber Netherlands, Eurofiber Belgium, Dataplace and UNET. Since 2015, Antin Infrastructure Partners has been the shareholder of Eurofiber. For more information: www.eurofibergroup.com