GSMA: Self driving connected cars in Europe by 2018

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GSMA members in Europe, North America and South Korea confident 5G will ignite this new market over the next two years

The GSMA says it expects to see the first self driving cars to be in use by 2018 as a result of 5G deployment.

The claim was made during an opening keynote this morning at the 30th Mobile World Congress, by the new director general of the GSMA Mats Granryd, who replaced Anne Bouveront in March.

He told the capacity crowd the deployment of 4G has been “phenomenal” with more than one billion connections in 150 countries to date. However, he claims preparation for the rollout of 5G and new products and services – a major subject at this years event, are already in full swing.

He revealed a number of the GSMA’s 800 global members, highlighting Europe, South America and South Korea have said the lower latency provided by 5G (1 millisecond) will enable new industries – such as the self driving vehicles and even remote surgery, to be deployed within the next three years.

“4G has had a phenomenal start and today we have surpassed one billion 4g connections around the world – that covers more than 150 countries,” said Granryd. “5G is a huge excitement and one which will be a centre piece in this new hybrid connected society. A society where speed and low latency will be at the forefront. We will see low latency applications such as remote surgery and elf driving cars coming our way and some of our members are telling me that will already be a reality as soon as 2018. South Korea have their Winter Olympics coming up but also some of our members in Europe and North America are saying a similar story.”

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