5G takes the wheel in Mcity.


Hey what’s up everybody? For years, Verizon has been opening hearts, minds and eyes. Now we’re opening our doors to the outside so they know what happens here on the inside. On September 19th, we’ll livestream a very special event hosted by Brittany Jones-Cooper from BUILD highlighting some great things we’re driving in education, technology, and sustainability. The event is likely to spark conversation and hopefully a little inspiration as well. It’s one you won’t want to miss. And speaking of driving, 5G is taking the wheel at Mcity at the University of Michigan. Lauren tells us more. Verizon’s 5G network is now live at the University of Michigan’s test bed for driverless cars. Its call Mcity and today we’re unveiling some of the 5G tests we’re doing there that will help make our roads safer and potentially save lives. Anthony’s there with more. I’m here at Mcity where we’re installing 5G connected cameras at every intersection to identify patterns in car and foot traffic and help avoid accidents. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is crucial here because when you think about the massive amount of data being transmitted by sensors in cars, streetlights and traffic lights as well the super low latency needed for autonomous cars to stop on a dime, only 5G can transmit all the data faster than the blink of an eye. Verizon is one of Mcity’s 11 Leadership Circle companies, which includes automakers, insurance companies, tech companies, all here to help shape the future of transportation through research and testing. We’re here in Mcity’s Test Facility, this is a 32 acre miniature city. It really represents the real world. So this is a great place to test early technologies, understand how vehicle safety applications can be built and I think technologies like 5G, this is a natural place for them to start before they’re deployed in the real world. When you consider that about 4 and a half million people are seriously injured in car accidents every year and 94% of accidents are caused by human error, using 5G to support driverless cars could potentially save countless lives.

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