Over the last couple of years, numerous tech companies have been actively researching the advantages of 5G technology, beyond offering fast internet access to smartphone users.
These research efforts quickly led to the conclusion that 5G data networks could be implemented to facilitate autonomous driving. In theory, the self-driving cars of the future could rely on 5G networks to communicate with one another and make smarter driving decisions.
Recent reports indicate that Vodafone carried out a demo, meant to showcase the benefits of 5G in smart cities where autonomous driving has become the norm. This demo was carried out in Italy, yet it is highly relevant for the United States, where numerous autonomous vehicle manufacturers are actively beta-testing their cars on public roads.
According to Vodafone, 5G will play an essential role in improving road safety, while actively reducing congestion and commute times. Here are some of the chief advantages of 5G connection that have been demonstrated:
- Adaptive cruise control: vehicles can gather and share information on driving conditions, thus allowing them to predict when traffic slows down and speeds up easily.
- Assisted driving see-through: A vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that allows cars to exchange real-time images with one another. This helps extend the visual range of the driver, while also removing the incidence of moments where visibility is obstructed.
- Cooperative urban cross-traffic: this solution will aid vehicle communication as they approach intersections. Hence, a variety of safety systems can be implemented to reduce the chances of a collision. Once a system detects high-chances of a car accident, the 5G network will be able to active automatic emergency braking, hence further reducing road accidents.
Based on everything that has been highlighted above, many people assume that these technologies will also be tested in the United States over the next couple of years.