Magna Boosts ADAS with 5G Innovation Program

Magna International Inc., a leading automotive supplier, has joined NorthStar, a 5G innovation program for industrial enterprises by Telia Sweden and Ericsson. This partnership aims to advance Magna’s development of cutting-edge Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) solutions, specifically in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity.

Private 5G Network for Testing:

A dedicated 5G network has been established at Magna’s test track in Sweden, allowing for real-world trials of next-generation ADAS technologies. This network utilizes 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, providing low latency gigabit speeds and seamless connectivity crucial for real-time data transmission and critical safety applications.

Enhanced ADAS Capabilities:

Magna’s ADAS technology focuses on enhancing driver safety by reducing the risk of accidents. By leveraging the power of 5G, Magna aims to create even more capable and competitive ADAS solutions, ultimately making roads safer for everyone.

Industry Collaboration:

“By utilizing the latest advancements in mobile networks, we are able to accelerate the automotive domain by offering sensor enhancements and as a result offer more capable and competitive ADAS products,” said Bill Snider, President of Electronics at Magna.

Benefits of 5G for ADAS:

The NorthStar program’s 5G network offers several key advantages for ADAS development:

  • Gigabit data speeds: Enables rapid data transfer between vehicles and infrastructure, crucial for real-time decision-making.
  • Ultra-low latency: Minimizes delays in data transmission, ensuring prompt responses and improved safety.
  • Wide coverage: The network’s interconnectivity with Telia’s public 5G network provides extensive coverage for testing and deployment.

Future of Autonomous Driving:

This collaboration between Magna, Telia, and Ericsson represents a significant step towards the future of autonomous driving. By pushing the boundaries of 5G technology, the partners aim to create safer and more efficient transportation solutions for everyone.


“As an industry leader in ADAS technologies, Magna is exactly the kind of company we envisioned joining us when we started the NorthStar program,” said Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Innovation and Strategy at Telia Sweden’s Enterprise Business Unit.

“We are thrilled to have Magna joining NorthStar and to continue to put the power of 5G in the hands of global leaders within the automotive industry,” said Nora Wahby, Head of Northern and Central Europe at Ericsson.

Magna’s ADAS technology supports driver safety by effectively reducing the risk of serious accidents or preventing them altogether by controlling steering, brakes, and acceleration. By integrating the driver’s needs and environment, Magna creates an exceptional driving experience. These advanced technologies pave the way for future autonomous driving and new mobility solutions.


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