UAEU, Ericsson To Develop And Test 5G Self-Drive Vehicles Use Cases

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Ericsson have signed an MoU to collaborate on the development and test of 5G autonomous or self-driving use cases.

The collaboration aims to accelerate development and testing of autonomous transport solutions in line with the national strategic targets set by the UAE leadership, Ericsson said.

The Swedish communications giant said the two parties could work together to explore how fifth generation (5G) technology can enable a safe and ubiquitous autonomous or self-driving ecosystem in the UAE and support smart transportation services.

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The company said the amount of data that will be transferred over networks for autonomous driving will significantly increase, and that in order to progressively deploy new capabilities, fleet operators need the ability to frequently and securely update large parts of the onboard software.

As the digital infrastructure matures, the company said, all vehicles can begin to communicate with each other, with the surrounding infrastructure and with pedestrians – increasing safety for all.

“The high-speed data transfer speeds, ultra-low latency, and increased reliability provided by 5G networks can enable a vehicle to seamlessly communicate with the cellular network, other vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and even pedestrians in real-time,” the company said.

Prof Ghaleb Al Hadrami Al Breiki, acting vice chancellor, UAEU, said: “This cooperation comes in line with the UAE efforts to achieve the digital government within the fourth industrial revolution, which depends fundamentally on the digital revolution and information technology.”