First 5G driverless bus debuts in Chongqing. According to local authorities “this technology will be applied in various areas, such as campuses or airports”
No driver, no driver cabin or a driving wheel – a 5G autopilot bus completed road trials in Southwest China’s Chongqing, marking the city’s first driverless bus trial in a 5G network environment.
The tests were carried out in a 5G network-covered area, where the network helps the bus adjust speed, and detect obstacles and traffic lights. Powered by electricity, the bus can hold 12 passengers and run at a maximum of 20 km per hour. The technology was developed by Chongqing Mobile, Huawei, Southeast University and French company EasyMile, and will be applied in various areas, such as campuses, airports and scenic spots.
During the driving, the vehicle will make responses according to the road condition. When approaching the corner, the vehicle will automatically rotate and adjust its direction; and when to stop at a place, it will turn on the turning light ahead of time to change lanes.
At the same time, it will detect the surrounding obstacles and moving objects, and automatically operate the action of automatic braking, emergency braking, evasion or others according to the real-time condition, in order to ensure driving safety.
After the successful internal test, the technology will be applied to the unmanned buses of Lijia 5G Smart City, and even in the logistics transportation to achieve more efficient unmanned logistics
China is pulling ahead of the US in the race to build infrastructure for 5G wireless, according to recent data. China is actually outpacing the US in terms of wireless communication infrastructure spend, tower density and efficiency of execution. Together, these practices are distinguishing China’s lead in the early stages of 5G deployment.
For example, China has outspent the US by $24 billion since 2015 and built out ten times more sites than the US to support 5G communications, according to the data. In just three months of 2017, Chinese cell phone tower companies and carriers added more sites than the US had done in the previous three years.
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