StreetDrone and 5G
StreetDrone's 5G autonomous truck project wins UK government funding.
04:24 19 August 2020
StreetDrone, a company that specialises in reducing the cost and improving access and development of driverless vehicle technology, has recently won UK Government funding for a 5G autonomous truck project.
The 5G CAL - or 5G Connected and Autonomous Logistics project will build on the firm's pioneering autonomy work and experience on providing solutions with a focus on low-speed applications, including manufacturing plants and urban and suburban metropolitan areas.
The funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be used to deliver an autonomous logistics capability to Nissan's Sunderland car plant. StreetDrone, as part of a consortium, will be tasked to develop 5G connected and self-driving 40-tonnes trucks capable of moving parts and assemblies between Nissan's Sunderland manufacturing plant and local businesses contributing to the car maker's just-in-time supply chain.
Mike Potts, StreetDrone's CEO said: "The reality is that autonomous cars are still many years from widespread adoption. However, the technologies that we've already developed can be used in an industrial logistics setting and will quickly scale to many similar contexts where reducing cost and increasing safety are critical factors in profitable operations."