Adrian Smith November 8, 2018

Self-driving trucks powered by 5G are now in operation at a storage facility in the city of Jönköping in Sweden. It’s part of a collaboration between Swedish telecom companies Ericsson and Telia and the transport group Einride that allows driverless trucks on public roads. The goal of the partnership is to create an all-electric, autonomous transport eco-system.

In a press release the group says Einride’s autonomous transport system, powered by 5G, can potentially replace more than 60 percent of today’s transport with a cost-effective, sustainable alternative.

The Swedish facility – run by DB Schenker – is the world’s first commercial application of Einride’s all-electric, fully autonomous T-pod.

Robert Falck, the CEO and Founder of Einride, says: “Our driving mission is to lead the sustainable transition of road freight transportation. 5G provides the connectivity and reliability we need to safely introduce the T-pod onto public roads, paving the way for a 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and the elimination of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.”

“There is a paradigm shift going on in the transport industry. 5G, with its high-data speeds and ultra-low latency, is powering a new world of autonomous vehicles that takes fleet management to the next level. Einride’s transportation solution is a perfect example of how 5G can drive cost efficiencies, improve safety, and create a sustainable future,” says Åsa Tamsons, Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses, Ericsson.

An Ericsson report on the business potential of 5G predicts a $619 billion revenue opportunity for telecom operators by 2026.

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