Real Wireless will continue to play a key role in the AutoAir consortium, which has received a further £1.8m in funding from the UK government (DCMS) taking the total project investment from the government to nearly £6m. Matched industry funding now totals more than £4.5m.

Mobile network operator O2 and consulting engineering firm Atkins have also joined the project to accelerate the development of 5G-enabled intelligent transport systems.

O2 will be the public and private network provider of 5G connectivity for the testing and development of CAV technology at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Whilst engineering firm Atkins will lend their design and engineering expertise to the project.

The group looks to accelerate the adoption of connected and self-driving technology in the UK, via trials supported by members including Dense Air, Airspan Networks, Millbrook, Blu Wireless, Real Wireless, the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre and the R&D arm of motorsport racing team McLaren.

“The AutoAir consortium is pleased to welcome O2 and Atkins to the 2nd phase of the project”, said Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air and Chief Strategy Officer of Airspan Networks. “O2’s integration and commercialisation of the 5G network at Millbrook to support both public and private mobile use cases is a world first and will be a reference deployment for the UK mobile industry as it moves to support for 5G applications for Industry 4.0, large enterprise and Government.

“Atkins participation in the project ensures that the lessons learned from building a hyper dense 5G network are translated into the design and engineering rules for next generation communication networks for transportation corridors.”

Find out more about Real Wireless’s role in AutoAir here.

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