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SK Telecom tests out world’s most advanced 5G-connected car


By Maeil Business News Korea

South Korea’s top wireless carrier SK Telecom on Tuesday, November 15 showcased the fastest and broadest wireless feed for assisted driving experience on a BMW car powered by 5G, the next generation of mobile network paving the way for the future of self-driving and connected car technology.

It tested out 5G-powered connected car dubbed T5 at BMW Driving Center in Yeongjong Island, Incheon.

Photo from Maeil Business News Korea |

Photo from Maeil Business News Korea |

A connected car equipped with 5G network access enables massive data transfer on the road with the goal of ‘zero’ accident. A high-speed communications network ensuring fast transferring of massive data is essential as a connected car requires data transfer and remote control through real time internet access in order to connect with smartphones, electric appliances, wearables, drones and others.

SK Telecom and Ericsson have jointly developed 5G trial network that covers all driving tracks inside the driving center which spans across an area of 240,000 square meters. The trial network can support more than 20 gigabytes per second peak data rates with sub-millisecond latency between the base station and a terminal, 25 times faster than the speed a person can sense a thing.


“T5 was realized through the powerful combination of 5G and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X),” said the company in a statement. The vehicle mounted with T5 can ensure road safety with superfast and accurate data on the road conditions through state-of-the-art video recognition camera.

It can also communicate with neighboring vehicles, and the brake automatically starts working when the vehicle in front stops suddenly.

“T5 will offer much more than just faster data speeds. It will serve as a true enabler for a whole new variety of powerful services that deliver unprecedented value to customers,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, the CTO and Head of Corporate R&D Center of SK Telecom. “Today’s demonstration of 5G-based connected car technologies marks the very first step towards achieving fully autonomous driving in the upcoming era of 5G.”

T5 can also transfer 4K high-definition multi-view and 360-degree virtual reality (VR) as well as images taken by drones at an altitude.

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