Telia Drives 5G Ride Initiative in 2021


After successful completion of testing self-driving, 5G-connected vehicles in 2020, the 5G Ride initiative where Telia is one of the partners will be able to ride further in 2021.

Using 5G-connected vehicles will ensure that the transport solutions of the future are efficient and safe. In the autumn of 2021, a collaboration with Swedish and international companies – 5G Ride – tested self-driving electric and 5G-enabled vehicles in traffic in Royal Djurgården, Stockholm. Now, the project has been granted more funding for continued development.

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The next phase of 5G Ride will further develop the connected control tower solution. One part of this is using more data, for example about the route, the vehicle or the connection strength. This will make it possible to mitigate difficulties, plan routes and schedules better and act more swiftly should problems arise.

The control tower, 5G and self-driving technology combined with electrification will play an important role in a sustainable transport system that can help achieve the Paris Agreement climate goals.

“A robust and secure digital infrastructure based on 5G, which connects the control tower with vehicle fleets, is critical to realize a sustainable electric transport system based on self-driving technology,” says Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Innovation at Telia Sweden.

5G Ride is a collaboration led by Urban ICT Arena together with Ericsson, Intel, Keolis, T-Engineering and Telia. As the project moves forward in 2021, there will be collaborations with KTH the Royal Institute of Technology, the City of Stockholm and the Stockholm Region.

The focus is on how 5G and control towers can help facilitate the safe introduction of self-driving, electric vehicle vehicles in urban areas.