Sumitomo, NTT Docomo Test 5G Communications

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. and NTT Docomo Inc. are jointly testing the collection and delivery of traffic information using high-definition sensors connected via a fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications system.

The test links vehicles equipped with Docomo 5G terminals that communicate with Docomo 5G base stations at Sumitomo’s testing complex in Yokohama City, Japan. Data, which is collected with high-definition Sumitomo Electronics cameras and lidar sensors, is analyzed in real time and then fed back to drivers and pedestrians.

5G systems are expected to deliver as much as 10 times the capacity of today’s 4G wireless networks. High-speed connectivity also will accelerate the viability of self-driving vehicles.