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Docomo, DeNA to test 5G system for remote monitoring of self-driving vehicles

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NTT Docomo Inc and DeNA Co have announced their agreement to trial a 5G mobile-communications system that is expected to enhance the safety of self-driving vehicles through remote monitoring and passenger assistance. In the trial, a vehicle and a remote center will be connected via a 5G network that boasts ultra-high-speed data rates beyond 10Gbps, excess capacity, extra-low latency and massive connectivity compared to existing mobile communications systems.

For the initial trial, high-resolution video images captured with high-definition cameras mounted on the vehicle will be transferred in real time via the 5G network, which will allow the center to check for any driving irregularities and provide passengers with assistance as required.

The collaboration, which will combine Docomo's 5G wireless technologies and DeNA's expertise in services incorporating self-driving technologies, aims to realize extra-safe driverless services for remote monitoring and assistance.

Docomo is leading the research and development of LTE and 5G systems for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. DeNA, a noted mobile and online services provider in Japan that has collaborated with leading companies in multiple industries, is currently developing transportation services that utilize self-driving and advanced infrastructure technologies.

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