5G key to success of automated vehicles

For connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) to succeed, there must be 100% confidence in the data that directs them, manages them, and brings them to life.

When people can access multiple seams of detailed, rich information, all brought together in a framework that’s very easy to interpret – a simple map – it suddenly becomes much easier to visualise complex problems and put them into context. It’s much easier to conduct robust analysis, and to identify strengths and weaknesses instantly.

Data streaming into a satnav device comes from a pre-loaded CD – but some data, such as the information needed to guide CAVs, will have to be delivered as a live feed. This is because CAVs will need to find their way reliably through a vast network of streets while interacting with driven and other autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure. They will need to understand the best routes, in real-time, between the start and end points of a journey.

5G technology is going to be key to the success of getting live data feeds to CAVs, but without that pinpoint precision (information about where those sensors have been placed on a building, next to an asset, or in a field), it won’t be possible to connect data seamlessly, or to minimise the risks involved for people depending on it.

It doesn’t matter how ‘Smart’ a solution is, there’s an intrinsic need for every highways surveyor, engineer, architect and visionary planner to include accurate maps and location data in their plans from the outset. People’s lives depend on it. Without it there can be little reliability in the outcome of any project, or the security and safety of the individuals who’ll benefit from it.

Ordnance Survey is contributing to CAV projects such as Atlas, and advising on data standard requirements that enable this technology. Are you ready to come on a journey with us?

For more information, email us at smart@os.uk