O2's 5G to power London self-driving vehicle tests

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Phone operator O2 has signed an agreement allowing its 5G technology to be used in tests for self-driving vehicles.

The tests, run by the Smart Mobility Living Lab, will be run in London and will enable manufacturers to see how their vehicles perform in real-world situations.

As MobileMarketing reports, the Lab is based in Greenwich and Stratford, and includes staff from Cisco, Loughborough University, TRL, and DG Cities.

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan O’Reilly, chief technology officer at O2, said: “At O2 we’re determined to help businesses of all sizes access the potential of 5G mobile technology.

“We know that by powering the transport sector we can make a real difference to consumers by reducing traffic congestion, making journeys safer and faster.

“We’re excited to be working with the teams at the Smart Mobility Living Lab, who are driving forward our understanding how this next generation technology will fundamentally change the fabric of the cities in which we live and work as well as creating entirely new ways to travel.”