The new director general of the GSMA, Mats Granryd, claimed we could see the first self driving cars on the roads over the next two years during an opening keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
He praised the deployment of 4G in front of the capacity crowd, saying it has been “phenomenal” with more than one billion connections in 150 countries to date, before shifting his focus to 5G and claiming that preparation for the rollout of 5G products and services are already in full swing.
A number of the GSMA’s 800 global members, including Europe, South America and South Korea have said the lower latency provided by 5G (1 millisecond) will enable new industries, such as the self driving, to be deployed within the next three years.
“4G has had a phenomenal start and today we have surpassed one billion 4G connections around the world – that covers more than 150 countries,” said Granryd. “5G is a huge excitement and one which will be a centre piece in this new hybrid connected society. A society where speed and low latency will be at the forefront. We will see low latency applications such as remote surgery and self driving cars coming our way and some of our members are telling me that will already be a reality as soon as 2018. South Korea have their Winter Olympics coming up but also some of our members in Europe and North America are saying a similar story.”