O2’s new 5G experiment could get driverless cars back on the fast lane

O2 announced on Thursday that it will be the public and private network provider for testing connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

O2 will be turning on 5G connectivity to Millbrook’s testing facilities from June 2019, ahead of the network’s rollout across Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London later in the year.

How will this help driverless cars? Well, 5G’s low-latency and high capacity is going to let vehicles toss huge amounts of data back to cloud-based transport systems. This will include 4K video and all sorts of telemetry, which will help improve road safety and with the management of traffic flow.