August 03, 2023
MIRA and Telekom test remote-controlled shuttles in Bonn.
Together with Deutsche Telekom AG, MIRA GmbH has launched a joint pilot project for teleoperated driving. Starting immediately, we will test the use of teleoperated shuttle vehicles between various Telekom locations during ongoing operations.
Teleoperation can optimally support automated shuttle fleets. For example, the technology avoids long idle and waiting times. Controlling vehicles remotely from a control center also increases vehicle utilization. „We are convinced that teleoperated driving will play an important role in improving the efficiency and sustainability of transport,“ said Klaus Kappen, CEO of MIRA GmbH. „By working with Deutsche Telekom AG, we can develop innovative solutions for the mobility of the future and test them in public road traffic today.“
5G as the basis for teleoperated driving.
Teleoperated driving requires a low-latency, high-performance 5G network. Telekom’s network ensures the transmission of large volumes of data in quasi-real time from the vehicle to the remote driving station. This enables vehicles to be reliably controlled remotely. „Mobility is changing. In the future, teleoperation will take people from A to B in a new way. Safely and conveniently! We want to make this possible for our colleagues, too. And that’s why we are testing a teleoperated vehicle on the test track at Telekom Deutschland headquarters,“ said Olga Nevska, Managing Director Telekom MobilitySolutions.
„Bicycle, bus, light rail and streetcar – Bonn already stands for modern and climate-friendly mobility services. We are pleased to be one of the first cities in Germany to enable tests for an innovative shuttle service: remote-controlled vehicles. Passengers will save time. Shuttle operations will become more efficient. Teleoperation can become a building block of our Bonn mobility turnaround in the future. With strong public transport and safe, attractive services for all,“ says Bonn’s mayor Katja Dörner.
New 5G technologies for future mobility concepts.
In the future, 5G technologies such as network slicing or quality on demand will make applications possible that rely on extremely low latency and high bandwidths at the same time. The pilot project provides Telekom with in-depth insights into the requirements for these new technologies and for the 5G network infrastructure, which are enormously important for the development of driverless mobility.
MIRA has set itself the goal of playing a key role in shaping the path to automated driving and thus the future of mobility. With teleoperation, we enable challenges in mass transit and logistics to be met with new, efficient and individualizable mobility models. We are convinced that teleoperation will become an important building block in the mobility of the future.
In Germany, remote-controlled driving on public roads is currently only permitted with a special permit. The legal framework for teleoperation is currently being defined at national and European level.