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Mercedes-Benz case study illustrates the impact of 5G and B5G on AVs
By Purva Joshi  |  Sep 27, 2023
Mercedes-Benz case study illustrates the impact of 5G and B5G on AVs
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5G technology is now ubiquitous, but its applications extend beyond mobile networks. AVs are one example and 5G and its successors will be a big reason why if they ever become mainstream, says Purva Joshi, a PhD candidate in Healthtech at the University of Pisa.

PISA, ITALY - The incorporation of fifth-generation wireless communication technology (5G) into existing technological frameworks may ease numerous additional applications, such as the roll out of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Use of 5G on AVs has several implications, including facilitating the emergence of novel modes of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

5G integrated in advanced driver assistance systems also has the potential to enhance road safety and reduce accidents. Automated valet parking will also benefit from embedded 5G, which will streamline and optimize it to reduce users’ time and effort.

5G also aids autonomous truck platooning - trucks operating in closely aligned single-file convoys. This approach is more efficient for fuel consumption and enhances operational effectiveness. Teleoperated driving also stands to gain, with enhanced safety measures that lessen the need for human drivers in specific scenarios.

5G undoubtedly delivers huge dividends, but one downside is that cyberattacks remain a huge threat. Reliable and secure 5G networks are critical to mitigate their impact. Extending deployment of 5G networks is thus essential to guarantee their accessibility everywhere AVs operate.

5G tech is fast, dependable, and latency-free. Its increased spectral efficiency, modern mobile tech, and updated network architecture allow it to provide a maximum bandwidth of 20 gigabytes per second (Gbps), far surpassing 4G’s 0.1 Gbps limit.

Use of high-definition maps or mobile connections is also unnecessary. Elon Musk stated that, even if a Tesla has no connectivity at all and is in a place where none has ever been, the system is designed so it should still be able to drive, just as a person would, per a transcript of Tesla’s most recent quarterly conference call obtained by investor news platform Seeking Alpha. "That is the system we are working on, and we

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