5G-assisted unmanned delivery car supports smart retail
The small car will notify the customer in a message.
An unmanned delivery car with 5G wireless technology hit the roads in the city of Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu province over the weekend – reported by China Daily.
The white mini car, with a height of about 0.5 meters, was launched in Jiangbei New Area by Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Suning to support the company’s smart retail service.
The car’s self-driving performance has been greatly improved, allowing it to pass traffic lights on its own and at a faster speed, with a normal average operating speed of 8 km/h, up to 15 km/h.
At the unmanned distribution monitoring center, a technician is responsible for checking the real-time status of the unmanned vehicle. When the vehicle encounters a problem or stops for a long time, the background platform will remind the technician to take over manually.
“With the large bandwidth and low delay characteristics of 5G, we can manually drive the vehicle off the road and switch back to driverless mode after solving the problem” according to Ling Yunfei, director of Suning Logistics Group Logistics Research Institute.
In the future, a monitoring center will be able to control hundreds of unmanned cars, connecting them with more complex scenarios such as elevators and entrance guards, according to Ling.