Latvian network operator LMT has set up a 5G mobility innovation testbed at the Bikernieki racetrack in the capital city of Riga.
Described as the first-ever cross-border mobility simulation space in Europe, the plan is to use Latvia’s LMT and Estonia’s Telia 5G networks to imitate fully functioning international connectivity.
The testbed is a part of the 5G-Routes project, an international effort to ensure cross-border automated mobility, and to develop and demonstrate several 5G-Routes project use cases.
The mobility testbed in Latvia has also demonstrated its first use case where a teleoperated vehicle simulation was conducted remotely over LMT’s 5G network from the town of Cesis 80km away.
“This successful teleoperated vehicle use case demonstration shows that operating automated vehicles on the 5G network is not only possible, but a fast-approaching reality,” said Artūrs Lindenbergs, innovation lead at LMT.
“We believe that thanks to the strong network coverage in the Baltics, the Baltic corridor will be one of the great examples of deploying 5G solutions to enable a smart, cross-border highway for connected and autonomous vehicles.”