A car that communicates with the city circulates in Segovia, Spain

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This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

Drive through the city and know if the traffic light is going to turn red, if there are street works, retentions or if a pedestrian is around the next corner are some of the advantages of the connected car that has been tested for the first time in a real scenario, the streets of Segovia.

Tourism dialogues with the different urban elements such as signs, traffic lights or additional obstacles that are installed due to accidents or other types of invasions and cuts in the road.

Pedestrian crossings, adapted to this connectivity system, need thermal cameras to detect the transit of people and send this information to the driver.

Via warnings which are projected on the main screen of the vehicle, the user knows in advance what is going to happen on the road up ahead, which gives a longer reaction time and increases safety on the roads.

This technology, which recently has been tested in Segovia thanks to the implementation of the pre-5G network, could reduce traffic accidents between 65 and 68 percent, according to the digital director of Seat, Fabian Simmer.

Therefore, although the municipalities are those who have to take the step to digitize urban infrastructures, Seat has already announced that by summer 2019 all its vehicles will be connected.

For its part, the innovation manager of Telefónica, Mercedes Fernández, have detailed that this cutting-edge technology involves a dialogue between vehicles, the mobile network and the infrastructure of the city.

The information collected from outside is combined with vehicle data, such as speed or use of turn signals, to ensure a more comfortable and safe driving for the user.

A Seat Ateca was the first car equipped with this technology that has traveled the city, however, Fernandez has indicated that it is a complex process that “will not be generalized quickly in the country” because it requires synergies between companies from different sectors and big investments

Of course, he has assured that “this is only the first step”, since from the format of assisted driving it will move towards “completely autonomous” driving models.

Take a cover on the beach, in the Sierra de Guadarrama or on Mars without moving from the sofa is also possible thanks to this technology and is that another use of the 5G that has been tested today in Segovia has been that of distributed reality.

This experience brings the user to remote environments through a mobile phone and a reality glasses, however, the differences with the well-known virtual reality are highlighted, since it combines the spaces previously recorded in 360 degrees with the real environment, allowing the user see his body immersed in the environment created.

Moment of the journey from inside the vehicle, during the presentation of the first case of assisted driving use through the mobile network, in a real environment through 5G technology. EFE / Pablo Martín
In this test, participants have been able to taste different tapas in charming places and receive information about the environment, biodiversity or heritage that is found in them, a use that demonstrates the important applications that 5G can have in sectors such as tourism.

The mayor of Segovia, Clara Luquero, who has made the first of the trips in the connected vehicle, has ensured that this experience is part of “technology and mobility of the future”, in addition, will provide an opportunity for employment and a competitive advantage for the capital of Segovia, which is taking a definitive step towards digitalization.

These tests are part of Telefónica’s 5G Technological Cities project that is being pioneered in Segovia and Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), although it is expected that in 2020 this technology can be distributed throughout Spain.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

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