Bedford 5G Testing
Testing of advanced 5G networks on connected and autonomous vehicles underway in Bedford.
20:49 01 August 2018
Advanced 5G test networks are being deployed at Milbrook Proving Ground in Bedford to see if 5G connectivity solutions could be transferrable to road and rail systems. The scheme is part of the AutoAir project, one of six trials and testbeds that received funding from the government in March this year.
The project, which involves McLaren, Blue Wireless and Quortus, utilises a neutral host model so multiple operators can share a single network. The goal is to enable denser, targeted network coverage while minimising capital and operation expenditure.
In the coming months, AutoAir will roll out pervasive 4G and 5G connectivity using a dense network of base stations. The network, which delivers ultrafast speeds and low-latency connectivity, will support the first UK’s connectivity trials for autonomous vehicles.
Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer – Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, at Millbrook, said: “The start of this network deployment sends a fantastic message to developers and innovators in the transport and automotive industries. The technology that will enable them to accelerate their programmes is being made available, now. We are proud to be at the forefront of these developments; 5G, together with our advanced capabilities as part of the CAV testbed, will make a real difference in expediting thorough and, above all, safe testing and validation.”