This time, the US telecommunication services provider Verizon is not restricting to the smartphone market but also rolling out its 5G services for the transportation sector. With this rollout, Verizon is planning to lead the emerging autonomous vehicles market by offering effective connectivity network for self-driving cars. The company has recently begun testing the connectivity services for vehicles at Mcity test facility in the University of Michigan. The concept behind launching 5G connectivity in transportation is to share real-time pathway information—gathered from city surveillance cameras and traffic lights—among the fleet of autonomous vehicles to make well-versed decisions.
The launch of Verizon-directed 5G connectivity services for autonomous vehicles’ fleet is not an astonishing update. However, it will take a couple of years for the establishment of uninterrupted 5G services, extremely essential for the autonomous fleet. Verizon 5Gmm-wave technology use might delivery tremendous speed, but the connectivity is confined to limited range and vulnerable to disruption. Connections for autonomous mobility will be reliable if the carrier would deliver 5G services throughout the metropolitan regions.
On a related note, Verizon’s strong contender and one of the leading 5G telecom services provider in the US, Sprint, has recently opened its IoT-based Curiosity Labs in the outskirts of Atlanta.
Sprint has launched its 2.5GHz mid-band 5G connectivity services at the Peachtree industrial park (in the Atlanta suburbs) for several tech companies to carry out live IoT-focused trials. Moreover, Sprint has revealed its self-driving Olli mini-bus, package-delivering drone, and an electric scooter that can be controlled wirelessly.
Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT at Sprint, stated that the company is now focusing to utilize 5G network services for precisely delivering mission-related data rather than restricting to delivering high-speed internet services. He gave an example of GPS micro-positioning through which the exact position of drones can be achieved a few inches close to the target. However, in case of GPS technology, the drones are positioned within the range of nine feet from the target.