At the ongoing 5G Malaysia Showcase, the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad was taken for a ride in an autonomous Proton Exora MPV while being accompanied by Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
The test vehicle that prepared by Celcom was fitted with an array of cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors allowing it to sense its surroundings. These inputs are linked to a driverless system developed by eMooVit Technology, a startup focused on autonomous driving technologies, which is headquartered in Singapore.
This system is capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, so the vehicle can essentially drive itself. However, a driver is still required behind the wheel, so the steering wheel and pedals cannot be omitted from the cabin.
Self-driven vehicles are now made possible with 5G! Together with our partners, eMoovit Technology and Ericsson, we are proud to showcase our first autonomous car at Karnival 5G Malaysia, Dewan Persidangan Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya. Come and visit our booth this weekend from 10am to 6pm. See you there!#ProgressingHumanity #5GMalaysiaRead about the Celcom 5G autonomous car: http://bit.ly/Celcom5GAutonomousCar
Posted by Celcom on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Additionally, the system is linked to a central server to ensure it obtains the latest mapping information. This Vehicle-communication goes both ways too, as the system will send updates that could be beneficial to other vehicles like obstructions or other road hazards. This Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communication is dependent on mobile data, which is where the speed and low latency offered by 5G connectivity becomes relevant.