Interview: Maxime Flament, Chief Technical Officer, 5GAA

A new road map for vehicle connectivity has been released, but how does it relate to the smart city? By Freddie Holmes

Enabling vehicles to communicate with nearby traffic, pedestrians and cyclists is seen as a vital next step in preventing road collisions. Organisations have been put together to accelerate the deployment of new vehicle connectivity solutions, and in recent years have worked with cities to see how they fare.

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The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) was founded in 2016 in a bid to do just that. With its 130-strong membership base including automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and numerous others from the IT sector, it has been pushing hard for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, working closely with public authorities and industry stakeholders to get public trials in place. In October it revealed its new long-term strategy—the 2030 Roadmap for Automotive Connectivity—which details real-world applications that will hit the market over the next decade.

Maxime Flament joined the 5GAA as Chief Technical Officer in 2018, bringing valuable experience from his time with Ertico, a European association promoting research around Intelligent Transportation Systems. Speaking to Automotive World, Flament shared his perspective on how coming advances in vehicle connectivity are shaping the creation of smart cities….