BMW S. Korea tests 5G connectivity for safer cars
SK Telecom in South Korea has demonstrated the world’s first 5G connected car, named “T5”, at BMW’s driving centre on Yeongjong Island.
Using the 28GHz band, the 5G trial network covers an area of 240 km ² and supports more than 20 gigabytes, or 20 000 megabytes per second peak data rates, with sub- millisecond latency.
By comparison, back in Msunduzi, we consider a mere 12 megabytes per second pretty fast. SK Telecom and Ericsson have jointly developed and deployed the 5G radio and core network infrastructure to cover the whole driving centre. Based on the 5G trial network, SK Telecom demonstrated the world’s first 5Gbased connected car in T5.
Realised through the powerful combination of 5G and Vehicle- to- Everything ( V2X) technologies, T5 provides innovative features that dramatically improve road safety and driving experience by supporting ultra- low latency communication between vehicles or the vehicle and its environment. For the demonstra- tion, SK Telecom worked with BMW Group Korea to install 5G terminals within two BMW vehicles.
SK Telecom has demonstrated T5’ s capability to observe road conditions enabled by state- of- the- art video recognition cameras installed within the vehicle to provide notifications and assisteddriving to drivers.
In addition, the company has transmitted, in real time over the 5G network from the device to the network ( i. e., uplink), ultra- high- definition ( UHD) video taken by 4K cameras and a 360- degree camera installed both inside and outside of the vehicle to the control centre set up for the audience to enjoy the demonstration through large screen displays.
“5G will offer much more than just faster data speeds. It will serve as a true enabler for a whole new variety of powerful services that deliver unprecedented value to customers,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, the CTO and head of corporate R& D center of SK Telecom. — WR,
KIM HYO- JOON CEO of BMW Group Korea ‘ Today’s demonstration of 5G- based connected car technologies marks the very first step towards achieving fully autonomous driving in the upcoming era of 5G. At present, global automakers are expanding partnerships and collaborations to gain an edge in the area of future mobility realised through 5G.’