A new proof of concept project to deliver 5G-enabled connected and automated logistics could make driverless freight vehicles “a real commercially viable proposition,” according to one of the founders of a project partner.
Mike Preston, co-founder of StreetDrone, was commenting on a new government funded logistics project he’s working on with partners including Sunderland City Council, Newcastle University and the Connected Places Catapult.
The project will culminate in a live trial at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, examining 5G’s ability to boost productivity through the use of autonomous trucks, and 5G enabled teleoperation, moving parts and assemblies across the Nissan plant.
StreetDrone will be providing its level 4 autonomous technology to modify heavy goods vehicles for autonomous driving, whilst incorporating an open-source self driving stack and complementary technologies such as teleoperation and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
The picture shows vehicles like those being converted as part of the project.