DUBAI 9 December 2019: Driverless vehicles are being tested on 5G technology ahead of a planned deployment of such vehicles on UAE roads, a top official told Wam on Sunday.
“We will expand 5G network to important sectors such as transport, health and education. As per this policy, 5G network was provided in a place away from the city in Dubai [Dubai Silicon Oasis] for testing driverless vehicles,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the Director General of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
According to industry reports, 5G-enabled driverless vehicles will be able to have more efficient and quick communication with each other and traffic infrastructure, which will help minimise traffic jams and bottlenecks.
The 5G technology can also enable these vehicles identify traffics conditions and potential dangers quickly.
WAM reported on 25th November that driverless vehicles are likely to hit the UAE roads in 2021, as the UAE is preparing to become the first country in the world to have regulations on such vehicles.
Talking about location priority for provision of 5G, Al Mansoori said it will depend on requirements for transport, health and education sectors.
He added that hospitals would need 5G for conducting remote surgeries and universities would need it for research.
“This means they [those who want 5G network for above-mentioned purposes] do not need to wait for us to roll out 5G in a particular area. They can approach the provider to get it immediately,” he emphasised on the sidelines of UAE 5G Conference, held in Dubai today.
The TRA is coordinating with authorities in transport, health and education sectors, and private sector entities to implement this strategy for better utilisation of 5G network, he said.
Asked about the existing penetration of 5G network in the UAE and its future expansion, he said, mobile phone subscribers in the UAE should not be concerned about access to 5G.
“The existing 4G network offers a speed close to that of 5G network. Whereas in many other parts of the world, including in Europe, the 4G network does not offer such a speed,” Al Mansoori explained.