The Spanish telecommunications group met with Ericsson and others to show how 5G will drive the future automobile.
The novel part of this demonstration involved the use of 5G in the 3.5 GHz band to simultaneously control autonomous driving and content consumption. He used an EZ10 autonomous driving electric minibus supplied by EasyMile, which contains an Ericsson 5G terminal and an information and entertainment platform from CarMedia.
The program showed a high data transfer capacity and a very low latency that allows the simultaneous downloading of high definition content; the creation of a work environment in the vehicle with virtual office applications and remote driving support based on the analysis and real-time processing of the telemetry data sent by the autonomous vehicle.
“5G technology has a lot to contribute in the field of connected vehicles,” said Javier Gutiérrez, Director of Strategy and Network Development at Telefónica España. “In addition to downloading multimedia content, autonomous vehicles generate up to 4 TB of daily information from the information collected by the sensors, which means that a large bandwidth is needed to transfer this data in real time to the edge of the network and also an extremely low dormant state. All to jointly process the data received by the vehicles of a certain area and proceed to the decision-making process, thus increasing the security in the vehicle environments ”.
This demonstration was part of a larger initiative of Telefónica called the 5G Technology Cities project that aims to provide 5G service to Segovia and Talavera de la Reina (the demo was in the latter). The official line is that they will become "5G live laboratories", which seems to be in line with some of the things that happen in Italy as well. While this type of thing provides a bit of publicity for everyone involved, real-world dress rehearsals are probably an important way to find out why we are going to use the new technologies.