Driverless transport: 5G Takes to the Waves with Automated Ferry in Norway

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Driverless transport: 5G Takes to the Waves with Automated Ferry in Norway

Ericsson, Telia and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have partnered to show that neither wheels nor roads are needed to benefit from driverless transport. The partners demoed a small connected passenger ferry, with an AI captain, in the Norwegian fjord city of Trondheim.

The autonomous ferry, named milliAmpère, transported passengers across the cities harbor canal. Ericsson 5G technology enabled Telia to securely support the large amount of data transfers needed to support the autonomous ferry.
MilliAmpère is equipped with sensors that record its surroundings and control the steering system on board. To allow this, a large amount of data that needs to be communicated with the control center.
Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Customer Unit Northern and Central Europe, Ericsson, says:

Ericsson’s world leading 5G technology and its ability to upload large amounts of data in a short time was key to the success of the pilot. Ericsson’s 5G Radio and superior software enables upload speeds of more than 200Mbps and download speeds above 1Gbps.

Egil Eide, associate professor at the Department of Electronic Systems, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), says:

The data is analyzed so that the vessel finds its way itself and avoids any obstacles, and at the same time the distance to the quay is measured so that the boat can safely moor itself.

5G Takes to the Waves with Automated Ferry in Norway

The 5G-connected autonomous ferry milliAmpère crossing Trondheim’s harbor canal.

In the event of a sea emergency, the driverless transport vessel can also be remotely controlled from the control center at Gløshaugen via the same mobile network. Ericsson, has helped developing autonomous vehicles powered by 5G all over the globe, The partnership with Telia is also highlighting the environmental benefits of self-driving vehicles.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: NTNU/


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