Vodafone and Huawei in First European Test of a Tele-operated Vehicle
At Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2017, Huawei and Vodafone for the first time in Europe showed how pre-standard 5G can be used by an authorized operator to remotely control a vehicle.
The test was carried out in cooperation with the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In this demonstration of pre-standard 5G, the vehicle was located on the University of Surrey campus and was controlled from London’s ExCel centre using a fully encrypted connection.
5G could be used in future by trained and authorized operatives communicating over fully encrypted channels to remotely control machines working in particularly harsh or dangerous environments such as mining and waste disposal sites. It could also be used for the emergency control of autonomous vehicles.
The vehicle was controlled from 50km away with only six centimeters of braking deviation when it travelled at a speed of approximately 20 kilometers per hour because the end-to-end network delivered latency of less than 10 milliseconds (ms) and air interface latency of less than 1ms.