Ericsson and Telia present autonomous electric bus

Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer Ericsson and mobile operator Telia have unveiled an autonomous electric bus in Stockholm, announcing a reorientation to a new area of ​​business ahead of the massive application of 5G technology.

The bus will run on a line in central Stockholm in September and is part of a project to investigate whether highly automated vehicles can be safely introduced into urban areas.

The project also involves the American chip manufacturer Intel, the transport company Keolis and the center for digital infrastructure and services Urban ICT Arena.

“Seen from a technology perspective, all the conditions have been met, everything is ready,” Jenny Lindqvist, head of Ericsson’s Northern and Central Europe business and vice president, told Reuters.

“Some factors are beyond Ericsson’s control … such as regulations and vehicle production models,” Lindqvist added.

Car manufacturers around the world are testing autonomous vehicles, and next-generation mobile networks, which provide fast data transfer and a wide frequency band, are expected to speed up the process.

Telia generates approximately one-third of its revenue from the sale of communications services to business customers and estimates that fleet management and other 5G-related services will be among the leading growth areas.

“There are numerous examples of the use (of that technology) and networks are being built to reap the benefits (that it brings),” said Telie CEO Allison Kirkby.


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