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Car2MEC pilot winds down, cars as data centers look a bit slow

Bavaria’s Ministry for Economic Affairs funded a twelve-month project to test how Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) technologies could be used in automotive applications, specifically, in vehicle-to-vehicle communications. However, the project missed its 20ms latency target, which doesn’t bode particular well for the ‘cars as mini data centers’ crowd. The trial involved Continental, a major (but rather troubled) automotive OEM, Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, and research and testing institute Fraunhofer. It was looking to test both the technology and the business case, to see if this was something you could actually make money from. In terms of architecture optimization, the project managed to get latency down to 30ms, which is impressive for mobile networks, but still short of the 20ms target. It…

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