Verizon and HERE team up to create safety and navigational systems

Companies will use Verizon’s 5G capabilities and HERE’s precise mapping tech to increase road safety and make navigation more accurate.

Verizon and HERE Technologies announced a partnership at the CES show in Las Vegas this week. The Partnership will explore the applications on the wireless carrier’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. It will also explore the multi-access edge compute (MEC) platform, 5G Edge. The partnership will pair Verizon’s 5G capabilities with HERE’s location technology. HERE’s location technology could go hand in hand with their self-driving expertise. The collaboration will comprise of vehicle, and pedestrian safety measures and delivery services. Things like collision avoidance, better location identification, navigation for ridesharing.

“5G is the future, and the scale of the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network designed to enable higher-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity necessary for more precise positioning,” HERE CEO Edzard Overbeek said in a statement. “Our partnership with Verizon not only allows us to tap into the innovation potential of 5G, but also highlights what is possible when this technology utilizes location intelligence: connected services designed to make our world safer and more efficient.”

Verizon gains access to HERE’s location data

HERE Technologies will give Verizon access to a range of location data, and Software Development Kits from its Platform. It provides mapping and location data and service related services to individuals and companies. The companies also plan to develop new connected services to benefit several industries. Including automotive, smart cities, transport and logistics.

HERE, Verizon to begin with two proofs of concept

Collision Avoidance is the initial connected service that HERE and Verizon are developing. Their goal is to increase pedestrian and driver safety. They combine Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband capabilities with HERE’s HD Live Map and Live Sense computer vision technology. Therefore, creating a vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication system.

HERE’s Live Sense SDK can identify pedestrians, bicycles and barriers from a vehicle-mounted mobile phone. This data, then goes to Verizon’s 5G Edge. From there,the Collision Avoidance AI predicts likely travel paths and warns vehicles of a collision.

The second connected service the companies are developing is a Visual Positioning Service (VPS). The design allows for near-instantaneous identification of a location with extreme accuracy using image capture. HERE’s Proprietary 3D positioning algorithms can analyze videos for accurate positioning. Which occurs in near real-time via Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network and 5G Edge.

VPS is a complementary solution to signal-based location technologies, such as GPS. Because it does not rely on a remote server, and tall buildings or signal deserts won’t hinder it as much. The technology is also adaptable for indoor use.

“This collaboration with HERE further proves Verizon’s commitment to innovating around and improving location services and pedestrian and intersection safety,” Laura Cochran, Head of Product, Verizon Location Technology said in a statement. “By harnessing the power of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Edge, along with HERE’s proprietary 3D positioning algorithms, we are driving together toward a safer and more precise future.”

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