The 5G Ride initiative minibus will be operated along a short route on the island of Djurgården “the home of many of Stockholm’s best-known attractions and sites”, for approximately two weeks, which started on Thursday, September 24th, 2020. Members of the public are allowed to ride in the minibus in accordance with strict COVID-19-related regulations, including social distancing measures.
As part of the ongoing strategic 5G partnership to boost digitalization across multiple industries and uses cases in the Nordics, Ericsson and Nordic Communications Service Provider Telia Company (Telia) have deployed 5G sites along the trial route.
The network is powered by commercial Ericsson Radio System products and solutions. Ericsson is also providing the technical solution for the related control tower. Telia also launched an Ericsson-powered 5G in central Stockholm on 700Mhz band earlier this year.
The high-speed data transfer, low latency and reliability of 5G enables the connected minibus to respond in real time to commands from the control tower.
The initial tests are expected to be followed by further trials in 2021. The aim is to pave the way towards making 5G-enabled electric driverless public transport services a reality.
The current pilot initiative is part of a partnership between Urban ICT Arena, Keolis, Telia, Ericsson and Intel, focusing on how 5G and related control towers can enable more sustainable and efficient public transport systems. The initiative is backed by Vinnova and Drive Sweden, while the minibus is provided by technology company, T-Engineering.
Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Customer Unit Northern and Central Europe, Ericsson, what was also at the launching, said: “We are proud to be part of this exciting journey, quite literally. From the passengers’ experience to road safety and environmental impact, the potential 5G offers to society is ever-growing. Ericsson’s control tower solution, with the efficiency and reliability of 5G, manages self-driving buses in a smart way, transforming transport as we know it. In partnership with Telia, we are enabling 5G as the fundamental platform for innovation, making sustainable transport a reality in Stockholm.”
Anders Olsson, CEO, Telia Sweden, says: “This project is a great example of how 5G can benefit society. Self-driving technology combined with electrification and 5G can help transform public transport, making it more efficient to operate and more accessible to the people who need it, while reducing its environmental footprint. Key components in building smarter cities.”
The launch was also attended by Prince Daniel of the Swedish Royal Family, and Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia Company.
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