O2 and The European Space Agency in connected vehicles 5G and satellite R&D programme

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O2 and The European Space Agency have launched Project Darwin, a four year initiative aimed at exploring the use of 5G and satellite technology for connected and autonomous vehicles. O2 conducted research last year that uncovered that connected vehicles would generate 4Tb of data per hour which would place a significant demand on existing telecommunications networks. The universities of Oxford and Glasgow along with Spanish satellite operator Hispasat will be fellow collaborators and the project will be based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. The Harwell research will be critical in the birthing of new transport ecosystems and it is expected that this programme will accelerate the maturity of network technology for various connected vehicle initiatives.

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