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Samsung unveils remotely-controlled 5G Car

Samsung recently unveiled remotely-controlled 5G car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with partners Designated Driver and Vodafone.

The collaboration has seen the partners working closely to bring 5G to life with a complete end-to-end solution. Designated Driver offers seamless teleoperation of autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles. The company offers both direct and indirect approaches to the remote control of vehicles. Samsung is active in the field of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. Vodafone is a telecom service provider its services span mobile, fixed line, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. made 5G history by remotely driving this first-of-its-kind virtual reality car, starting his journey with an initial “drive” up the world-famous Goodwood Hillclimb prior to the opening. The car, a Lincoln MKZ, was controlled from a different location on the estate powered by a Designated Driver teleoperation system, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and a Samsung VR headset; all enabled via Vodafone’s superfast 5G network.

“This proof of concept is a great stepping stone towards remote presence use-case using 5G and the Goodwood FOS was the perfect testing ground. We are thrilled to lead future consumer experience in 5G by pushing the boundaries of our 5G product portfolio and technologies.”said Yoon Lee, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and Content & Services, Samsung Electronics America.

Max Taylor, Consumer Director at Vodafone UK said “Vodafone is proud to be demonstrating true innovation and another 5G world first with Samsung and Designated Driver. The driver, who is positioned in another location at Goodwood, will guide the autonomous car through a VR headset around the track. Vodafone’s 5G network provides speeds up to 10 times quicker than 4G and super low latency, which is critical for this application where an instantaneous response time is crucial”

“Being a Professional Fun-Haver, I’ve built my career on pushing the limits of car control,” said Gittin Jr. “However, I have never envisioned myself getting crazy behind the wheel using VR, phones and remote driving gear. Designated Driver, Samsung and Vodafone are all bringing their A game when it comes to cutting-edge technologies. I’m going to put on a VR headset to put on a fun interactive show for the Goodwood crowd. And I’ll be remotely driving the S-Drone from the Future Lab, on the other side of the Goodwood estate. This is going to get wild!’’

Manuela Papadopol, CEO, Designated Driver, added: “We’re excited to be here with Samsung, Vodafone and Vaughn Gittin Jr., showing the world what is possible when you combine innovative and emerging technologies like teleoperation, virtual reality and 5G networks. By utilising the 5G network, we’re able to achieve the lowest latency possible, enabling Vaughn to pilot the car at relatively-high speeds.”

Source: Press Release


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