Autonomous vehicle testing in UK to be powered by O2’s 5G network

O2 are set to support the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles with 5G network following recent claims from UK ministers that driverless cars could be in full use on Britain’s roads by 2021

- Millbrook, UK
Autonomous vehicle testing in UK to be powered by O2’s 5G network

O2 has announced that it will be the public and private network provider of 5G connectivity for the testing and development of CAV technology at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

O2 will enable 5G connectivity at Millbrook testing facilities from June 2019, using its 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum in advance of the first phase of its 5G rollout in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London later in 2019.

The on-site network consists of 59 sites and 89 small cells and is operated by British wireless solution provider Dense Air. Under a 12-month agreement with the AutoAir project, O2 will integrate the sites and small cells into its public infrastructure.

The AutoAir 5G project is made up of a number of different partners from across the digital communications and automotive sectors. It has received a further £1.8 million in funding from DCMS, taking the total project investment from the government to nearly £6 million. Matched industry funding totals more than £4.5 million.

The group looks to accelerate the adoption of connected and self-driving technology in the UK through trials supported by members including Dense Air, Airspan Networks, Millbrook, Blu Wireless, Real Wireless, the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre and the R&D arm of motorsport racing team McLaren. The consortium’s ranks were further boosted by engineering firm Atkins, who have signed an agreement to lend their design and engineering expertise to the project, alongside O2.

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