The trial of the new autonomous shuttle will help to demonstrate the potential of self-driving vehicles to operate in a real-world setting, serving as a step towards the wider use of the technology in the UK.
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Businesses are now able to use the ‘Darwin SatCom Lab’ to explore and trial next-gen connectivity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles.
The project is said to fall in line with O2’s focus on providing service where customers need it most, with the London Underground a notorious ‘not-spot’ for mobile signal to date.
The high capacity of 5G will allow vehicles to transmit large amounts of data, including 4K video, to intelligent cloud-based transport systems, which are expected to improve road safety and help traffic authorities to monitor and manage traffic flow.
O2 are set to support the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles with 5G network following recent claims from UK ministers that driverless cars could be in full use on Britain’s roads by 2021.
A 4G mobile network on the Tube is getting closer after TfL carried out a successful trial on the Waterloo & City Line.