Leaked Labour manifesto vows ‘uninterrupted’ 5G mobile internet on major roads
The leaked Labour manifesto promises an improvement to mobile internet coverage, specifically referring to major roads and railways, which are to have "uninterrupted 5G coverage".
This will mean that drivers on key routes will have ultra-reliable high-speed mobile data for their own devices, as well as for any other technology – including connected cars.
5G refers to the fifth generation of mobile networks. At the moment, mobile phones generally use 4G, or 3G when 4G isn’t available. When 5G arrives, it is likely to represent a significant leap and will change what can be achieved using mobile internet.
In the context of this application, 5G is likely to increase the possibilities associated with connected cars. Vehicle to vehicle communication (usually abbreviated to V2V) could become a driving force behind investment in 5G coverage, and it’s likely to be a vital step in the journey towards truly driverless cars.
What’s more, 5G will eventually support a connected approach within the transport system – vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) applications will use 5G when it reaches the UK.
The technology isn’t here yet, though. 5G is a few years off, with most estimates pointing to the year 2020.