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How amazing it is to be able to see into the future while driving to prevent possible conflicts before they occur. The 5G connected car will let drivers do the same.
It’ll gather data from the city: “Before, the car only gave information the driver could see. Now, thanks to 5G technology, the car will get information from the city before the driver sees it,” says SEAT engineer, César de Marco. The 5G connected car would detect pedestrians, cyclists and static obstacles. This is how drivers will get predictive information to make quick and better decisions.


The Cameras, sensors, and beacons: Hardware such as infrared cameras, sensors, and beacons are built into the infrastructure to communicate with this car. When it comes to pedestrians, cameras connected to traffic lights can detect them. Information is sent to the 5G network, then back to the vehicle to make the driver alert.“For cyclists, we used additional techniques because they are moving a bit faster. We added electronics to the bike, and small electronic markers in the city infrastructure,” according to de Marco.


One of the major characteristics of 5G technology is the low latency or the time it takes for a network to respond to the commands. Humans, for instance, respond to the senses of touch, sight or smell in about 150 milliseconds. “With 5G connectivity, the reaction time from when the car detects an obstacle to when it is communicated would be about 5 milliseconds,” says de Marco.


Cars equipped with 5G technology are only as successful as the environment they work in. The local administrations and telecommunication companies will have to put the infrastructure in place first. “We are upgrading our system networks and deploying our servers closer to the end user,” says Telefónica spokesperson Leticia López. “And we are using a traffic management application that gives real-time data.”

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