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5g Provides Breakthrough For Driverless Car Tests

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Sept. 15, 2019, 6:47 a.m.


University researchers have hit a major milestone in the development of autonomous vehicle tech that could help pave the way for them to become a fixture of roads in the UK.

Thanks to new super-fast 5G communications speeds, a team at the University of Warwick has been able to transmit potentially vital data to a driverless car nearly 40 times faster than fixed line broadband speeds allow.

In practical terms, it would mean a detailed satellite navigation map of Britain could be sent within a single second.

Trials will move onto a purpose-built stretch of road next year. Pic: University of Warwick

Image:Trials will move onto a purpose-built stretch of road next year. Pic: University of Warwick

Dr Erik Kampert presented the pioneering work at the British Science Festival, where he detailed tests that had been carried out in a simulator laboratory and on a road.

He said 5G was crucial to advancing self-driving cars, complementing their multitude of sensors by providing extra information that can enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety.

"Using this technology will enable outside information to be communicated," he told Sky News.

"Pedestrians do not behave like vehicles. Where there are vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes, the extra information provided by our technology can help."

Source: news.sky.com

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