UK operator O2 has partnered with the European and UK space agencies to support a project designed to develop connectivity solutions for autonomous cars using 5G and satellite technology.
The partnership comes as part of a 4 year trial programme ‘Project Darwin’ , funded by UK Government.
The project is based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire and brings together Oxford and Glasgow universities, Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, start-ups that specialise in self-driving mobility solutions and Darwin Innovation Group Oxford.
In a statement both O2 and Space agencies said they begin work next month, with plans to explore key connected vehicle and vehicle-SIM platforms plus AI neural network integration.
In a Research conducted by O2 , it is learned that CAVs are generating 4TB of data.
“Project Darwin is an important piece of the connected and autonomous vehicle puzzle. The research taking place at Harwell during the next four years will be vital in the creation of new transport ecosystems for the UK public and the companies that will offer these services.”– said O2 COO Derek McManus
“Autonomous vehicles need robust, high-speed mobile data connections to operate effectively.” said Catherine Mealing-Jones, director ,UK Space Agency.
“Building the technology to link them to telecoms satellites will allow you to take your car wherever you want to go, and not just to areas with a strong mobile signal.”
O2 has also announced an autonomous vehicle testing project earlier this year using its trial 5G network in Bedfordshire.