Besides working on standards, the group said it will also team up on development projects including interoperability testing, pilot programs, and trials.
Interestingly, there are no wireless operators that are members of the 5GAA, at least as of yet. Wireless operators AT&T and Vodafone have been particularly aggressive in their connected car efforts. AT&T, for example, has said it provides connectivity for 9.6 million automobiles. The operator has deals with General Motors, Audi, and more.
Also absent from the group are several key carmakers like General Motors, Volvo, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagon.
There are other connected car groups, including the Connected Car Consortium. However, that group’s main goal is to collaborate on connected car solutions and to push its own MirrorLink technology standard.
The 5GAA has said it expects to get more members and has already received support from additional companies around the globe. The association also said it plans to work closely with national and regional initiatives, such as the European Connected & Automated Driving Pre-Deployment Project.
Christoph Voigt was named chair of the 5GAA board, and Dino Flore is director general of the association.