Mobile telecommunication operators, infrastructure suppliers, car manufacturers, and local councils are all seeking to understand the benefit from the leap in bandwidth promised by 5G technologies, and are keen to use the very latest 5G evaluation technology. Our team acquired the UK’s most advanced diagnostic and testing platform for a key part of the 5G spectrum - mmWave. This technology promises to deliver a step change in the amount of data that can be wirelessly transmitted, opening up opportunities for a range of new services and products, including those associated with enabling connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). We are already working with a range of industrial partners on connectivity, verification and validation, and the understanding and optimisation of user/customer interaction with driverless technology. This new facility will further enhance our vision to be the UK's “go to” CAV development platform providing unrivalled research and testing that will accelerate product introduction, infrastructure design and implementation. The technology developed will be transferable to other sectors beyond automotive.
We are currently integrating the new 5G mmWave technology platform into existing projects. Core to our methodology is the ability to evaluate early in the development cycle the potential use of 5G mmWave communications systems within project partners’ products. NIs leading platform provides us with both state of the art hardware, capable of transmitting real information in the frequency bands of choice, as well as access to the control software, providing agility when being deployed in real scenarios. This allows us to be ahead of the CR&D curve and further enhances our standing as the preferred partner within the UK's CAV community.
- Dr Matthew Higgins, Associate Professor
- Dr Erik Kampert, Senior Research Fellow
- Osama Alluhaibi, Research Fellow
February 28, 2019 [Conference]: Invited talk at IET Antennas and Propagation for 5G and Beyond about 'Results from the 5G mmWave V2X trials at the WMG Meridian Midlands Future Mobility CAV Testbed' [link]
December 13, 2018 [Conference]: Presentation at the NI 5G Research Roundtable in UAE about our ongoing 'mmWave V2X Trials' [link]
November 13, 2018 [Conference]: Invited talk at LAPC 2018 about 'The implications of antenna placement in vehicles for 5G mmWave communications' [link]
September 26, 2018 [Press Release]: WMG has set an autonomous vehicle communications record using 5G [link]
May 14, 2018 [Research]: Fruitful technical bring up of NI mmWave transceiver with Yerevan system engineering team
May 09, 2018 [Press Release]: WMG has just acquired the UK’s most advanced diagnostic and testing platform for a key part of the 5G spectrum [link]