University of Waterloo launches autonomous 5G driverless shuttle – .

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University of Waterloo launches autonomous 5G driverless shuttle – .


The University of Waterloo has launched the first autonomous driverless 5G shuttle in Canada that will transport students and staff to campus.

The shuttle will operate remotely on Rogers’ 5G network through a partnership agreement with the Toronto-based national carrier. It has a trip of 2.7 km around the main campus of the university.

Rogers notes that the driverless shuttle has remote control capabilities. The technology includes an integrated on-board sensor system providing vehicle intelligence and control as well as a suite of front, rear and side cameras providing a 360-degree view.

It also includes Active Remote Sensing and Light Ranging (LIDAR) systems used for object detection. In addition, there is a WATonoBus smartphone app to help passengers navigate the campus using the shuttle.

In addition, there is a modem on board which will communicate via the Rogers 5G network with a control center based on a research laboratory.

“We are thrilled not only with WATonoBus, but with what it stands for,” University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpu said in a statement.

“By marrying transformational research, infrastructure and a network of industry and government partnerships, we demonstrate that educational institutions will help shape the future – in this case, the convergence of public transport and smart urban mobility. “

Rogers partnered with the University of Waterloo in December 2019 to create a 5G smart campus.

Source : Rogers

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