Mobile phone network O2 will activate its 5G network in June for the testing of driverless cars in Bedfordshire. The network has partnered with the Millbrook proving ground, which is a key test track for companies testing autonomous vehicles in the UK. Businesses testing driverless cars will be able to test O2’s 5G network on the proving ground by using it to send telemetry data and high definition videos taken by the cameras fitted to autonomous cars. An earlier test carried out at the start of this year saw a McLaren sports car transmit high definition video whilst driving at 160 mph around the test track. British companies including Five.ai, Oxbotica and StreetDrone all test their self-driving car technology at Millbrook. The testing of the 5G network for driverless cars comes ahead of O2’s planned launch of its full 5G network in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh later this year. Brendan O’Reilly, O2’s chief technology officer, said that the launch of … [Read more...] about O2 to launch 5G for driverless car testing in the UK
While Australian team Monash Motorsport scored a memorable 1-3 with its combustion car winning the event outright and its electric car team coming third behind Oxford Brookes Racing, one of the main talking points at this year’s event was the creation and introduction of a driverless element to the competition. The vehicles will be provided by StreetDrone, a company that has been set up by Mark Preston who is very well known in motor racing circles as a former Formula 1 technical director and currently the team principal of the TECHEETAH Formula E team. The StreetDrone ONE is an autonomous vehicle (AV) platform designed to open up self-driving technology to educational institutions, as well as programmers and developers outside the traditional car industry. The basis of the car is the Renault Twizy hatchback that has been modified to include 360 degree cameras, laser sensors, customisable panels and a fully customisable operating system. However, for Formula Student, it has come … [Read more...] about Driverless cars coming to Formula Student
Mark Preston is the Team Principal of the Techeetah Formula E team and founder of StreetDrone, not to mention all the years he has worked in Formula 1 with McLaren and Arrows. Let’s ask him a few questions about the evolution of Formula E as well as Formula 1. Mark, how would you compare Formula E to Formula 1 today as opposed to in 2014, in its initial season? Formula E appeared to be solving many problems that Formula 1 is still struggling with. Behind all the innovations, what is the real secret to this kind of progress? Having experienced many years in Formula 1 developing areas that aren’t that easy for the general audience to understand, it’s was a refreshing position that Formula E took from the start. They wanted to focus on tangible Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology that would go from race to road into our future standard cars and I think that this is one of three success pillars. Racing has historically always been used as a marketing platform … [Read more...] about What’s next for Formula E and Formula 1?