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Ericsson: Scania and Ericsson join forces to improve transport efficiency

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Scania
announced joint research efforts to accelerate the connectivity of commercial
vehicles and infrastructure. Ericsson and Scania are convinced that advances
in communications technologies and future deployments of 5G networks will
enable improvements in the transport of people and cargo.

"We've been speaking about introducing vehicle-to-vehicle and
vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for quite some time but now it's
really taking off," says Håkan Schildt, Director of Strategy and Business
Development at Scania's Connected Services and Solutions. "We now see greater
prospects for reliable communications through mobile networks."

New developments in LTE and 5G standardization have created opportunities for
dedicated vehicle-to-vehicle communications using the mobile network while
minimizing risks of unpredictability and latency.

Scania has pioneered platooning concepts with truck and trailer combinations
driving in close formation, thereby reducing air drag and fuel consumption.
Legislation at present permits trucks to drive at a safe distance from each
other using common in-vehicle features such as radar and cruise control.
However, an even narrower distance between trucks - further reducing fuel
consumption - requires vehicle-to-vehicle communications and interconnected
control systems. Research by Ericsson and Scania has now shown that
sufficiently reliable communications can be established using 4G, and future
5G, networks.

In a wider perspective, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is an enabler
for system-wide platooning in planning and organizing the formation and
dissolution of platoons according to route and schedule. Trucks can thus join
and leave platoons in an optimal manner.

"In view of the enormous benefits, we're convinced that vehicle-to-vehicle
communications will be implemented by transport operators of all types," says
Claes Herlitz, Head of Automotive at Ericsson. "Addressing the challenges
posed by growing passenger and freight volumes, enhanced communications can
contribute to greater logistics efficiency and thereby reduced environmental


Video:Scania Platooning

About Scania

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for
heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines.
Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company's
operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions
and maximum uptime. Scania also offers financial services. Employing some
42,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and
development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes
place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of
both components and complete vehicles. In 2014, net sales totalled SEK 92.1
billion and net income amounted to SEK 6 billion. Scania press releases are
available on

About Ericsson

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Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society
to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud
- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business,
increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,
we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
rld's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in
research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay
in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.


Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92

Scania and Ericsson join forces to improve transport efficiency


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Source: Ericsson via Globenewswire


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