The UK’s First Independent 5G Test Bed for CAVs Now Live

AutoInformed.com on The Airspan led 5G for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) consortium, AutoAir, working at the Millbrook Proving Grounds (UK)

These are fundamental steps towards enabling the key 5G use cases for CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles. The AutoAir test bed at Millbrook can also directly contribute to 5G in other adjacent sectors such as Rail Transportation.

An Airspan led consortium of 5G for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), AutoAir, is working now at the Millbrook Proving Grounds, UK. The consortium announced final deployment of a Hyper-Dense small-cell network of 89 base stations operating in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum, including a 22-sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mm Wave highway system, delivering 5 Gbit/s every 300m.

The live public demonstrations showed the system delivering greater than 1 Gbit/s capacity to a McLaren sports car traveling at 160 mph on the Millbrook high-speed bowl with handovers occurring every 2 seconds. Real-time Telemetry was provided by McLaren’s Altas system.

A second demonstration showed real-time video streaming between multiple vehicles (each with four 4K cameras). The video was streamed between a range of different passenger cars, coaches and emergency vehicles which included police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.

These are fundamental steps towards enabling the key 5G use cases for CAVs. The AutoAir test bed at Millbrook can also directly contribute to 5G in other adjacent sectors such as Rail Transportation.

“Densification is key to making continuous 5G connectivity a reality” said Eric Stonestrom, CEO of Airspan Networks.

About AutoAir

The AutoAir project is a consortium of partners led by Airspan Networks and is hosted at Millbrook. It is an accelerated development program for 5G technology based on small cells that operate on a “Neutral Host” basis. The shared neutral host platform allows multiple public and private mobile operators to simultaneously use the same infrastructure through network slicing, which can radically improve the economics for 5G networks.

Other partners in the AutoAir consortium are Blu Wireless Technology, McLaren Applied Technologies, the 5G Innovation Center at the University of Surrey, Dense Air, Real Wireless, Quortus and Celestia Technologies Group.

About Airspan

Airspan is a 4G & 5G network densification solution provider with a product portfolio of indoor and outdoor, compact Femto, Pico, Micro and Macro base stations. A tool kit to exploit the full potential of technologies such as mmWave, Sub 6GHz, Massive MIMO and open V-RAN architectures, as well as a fixed wireless access and backhaul portfolio for PTP and PTMP applications.

About Dense Air

Dense Air is headquartered in London, UK and has offices in the target launch markets of Ireland, Belgium and Portugal. Dense Air provides “carrier of carriers” neutral host small cell services to deliver  what it claims is cost-effective densification to existing LTE mobile carriers or service providers. Dense Airwas conducting extensive trials and proof-of-concepts in 2018, and will offer commercial services in 2019, including in the recently acquired spectrum in New Zealand, and plans to offer 5G services in Australia in 2020.

 

About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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