The recent progress on 5G ultra reliable and low latency communications is paving the way to applications in future autonomous vehicle communications and unlocking new uses cases for enhanced safe driving at high vehicle speeds, harsh driving conditions, and cooperative driving. A plethora of techniques and protocols in wireless connectivity, localization and navigation such as 802.11p, LTE-V, C-V2X, precise positioning, 3D High Definition (HD) maps, augmented reality, Fog computing, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), etc. are proposed or under development to respond to emerging road safety use cases for 5G communications in vehicular environments. In the path towards fully autonomous and safe coordinated driving, several requirements should be met, such as the availability of a sophisticated environment model for accurate driving decisions, full integration not only with smart road infrastructure but also with satellites and UAVs. Subsequently, it is crucial to investigate how and up to which point the 5G paradigm, as an enabler of evolved vehicular services, is able to meet the requirements of autonomous driving, accommodate the emergency of new roles and behaviors of connected vehicles and handle the heterogeneity of new applications in terms of data rates, latency and hyper-connectivity.
In the spirit of ICC, this workshop aims at favoring a multidisciplinary, cross-layer perspective to 5G and autonomous cooperative driving, bringing together researchers, developers, and practitioners from academia and industry.