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Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G

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VTTs robot car, called Martti.

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and mobile giant Nokia have joined forces to determine how 5G networks can transmit information to and from vehicles while on the road, testing those transmissions on a robot car.

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Researchers at VTT Technical Research Center in Finland and Nokia are testing the capabilities of 5G network technologies to transmit information to and from vehicles while they are on the road, using a robotic car.

The researchers are exploring the types of road safety services that 5G can make possible for autonomous driving.

They say the new services will rely on sensors and Internet of Things devices to collect data from a robotic car's LiDAR, radar, and video systems, as well as from roadside infrastructure such as weather stations, traffic cameras, and traffic signals. These devices will communicate over 5G networks to cloud-based services, which will process the information and alert other vehicles in the area if necessary.

Said VTT’s Tiia Ojanperä, “It is not a big secret that real-time and reliable data is the oil which enables machine learning algorithms to make cars and transport systems evermore intelligent. Connectivity is the key enabling technology for pushing forward the transport automation mega-trend.”

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