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.
The 5G connected car can detect pedestrians, cyclists and static obstacles. In this way, drivers will get predictive information to make faster, better decisions.
Hardware like infrared cameras, sensors and beacons are embedded into the infrastructure to communicate with this car. In the case of pedestrians, cameras connected to traffic lights detect the pedestrians. Information is sent to the 5G network, then back to the vehicle to alert the driver.
One of the characteristics of 5G technology is the low latency, or the time it takes for a network to respond to commands. Humans, for example, respond to 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.
Cars fitted with 5G technology are only as successful as the environment they operate in. Local administrations and telecommunication companies must put the infrastructure in place first
Pedestrians, cyclists and motor bike drivers account for almost half of all traffic related fatalities in Spain. Now, with 5G technology on the horizon, accidents could be reduced by 68%, according to international 5G automotive associations.