英国通信大手の「O2」が英国で初めてとなる自動運転車ラボを立ち上げ

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O2 launches UK’s first driverless cars lab

「政策の科学」関連 海外情報  (CRDS科学技術イノベ-ション政策ユニット)

(GOV.UK 記事) 元記事公開日: 2020/10/1

英国宇宙庁の資金支援を受けて、英国通信大手の「O2」は、企業が5Gや衛星技術を使用して常時通信接続を維持する自動運転車を試験するための、英国初の商業ラボ(Darwin SatCom Lab)を立ち上げた。
5Gは情報の送受信にかかる時間(タイムラグ)が1ミリ秒(4Gは20ミリ秒)で、通信速度は20Gbps(4Gは1Gbps)であり、強力で、高速、信頼性の高いデータ信号を提供することで、自動運転車が直面する数多くの技術的な課題に対処できる可能性がある。
O2は既に2台のルノーの電気自動車を自動運転車に改造しており、O2のチームは、ノキア社が提供する5G機器と、衛星オペレーターであるヒスパサット社(Hispasat)が提供する静止通信衛星(GEO)を使用して、自動運転車の位置、動き、速度などを追跡する。

[Withdrawn] O2 launches UK's first driverless cars lab
Telecomms provider O2, backed by the Government, has today (1 October) launched the UK’s first commercial lab – the Darwin SatCom Lab.

Published 1 October 2020
  • Businesses will trial driverless cars that use 5G and satellite technology to stay connected.

5G could address many of the technical challenges faced by driverless cars by providing stronger, faster and more reliable data signals. While satellite technology can augment 5G connectivity, allowing the vehicles to operate safely in areas that suffer from poor mobile phone signal.

Reducing the time it takes for information to be sent and received – the latency – compared to 4G is vital to the development of these cars, and could slash the current 20 milliseconds of lag to 1 millisecond – the equivalent of a camera flash.

Backed by funding from the UK Space Agency, the new lab – based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire – will invite businesses to test driverless cars and use 5G and satellite technology to trial ways of keeping vehicles connected.

With driverless cars and other new major applications requiring seamless connectivity the UK Space Agency is supporting companies to access satellite communications. This is not only growing the UK space sector but opening it up to companies that had previously not been able to access space.

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