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Omnitracs 2020 Predictions: The Rise of 5G Will Drive the Connected Highway

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Ashim Bose, chief data scientist and vice president of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) and data at Omnitracs

The Rise of 5G Will Drive the Connected Highway

As more retail giants like Amazon, Target and Walmart work to promise shoppers one or two-day shipping, the consumer expectations have evolved. Because of this consumer demand, industries like transportation and logistics are evolving simultaneously, rapidly introducing new technologies to provide more convenient and faster delivery opportunities. For example, this holiday season Amazon announced it would add 100,000 electric vehicles to its network to meet the one-day shipping demands ahead of holiday shopping. 

Many believe in addition to electric vehicles an autonomous vehicle solution is on the horizon, but that could take up to 10 years to implement properly across highway infrastructure. While the autonomous roadway may be further out than we expect, one major technology will begin to bring immediate change in 2020 and that is 5G. In planning for 5G there is an extensive rollout of fiber and with this improved bandwidth, next year we're going to see many aspects of the connected roadway being introduced to make the framework for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles. This could include placing advanced sensors on roadways and traffic signals, collecting real-time data and converting it to 3D maps, amongst other features. With the placement of 5G on roadways, the framework for regulatory standards can be built as well as security practices be implemented and tested. 

Once the fundamental components are in place and additional innovation occurs simultaneously around the connected city, we can begin to implement the connected roadway. In a few years, possibly 2025, this could lead to the construction of smart highway infrastructure in entire states and eventually on a global scale. 


About the Author

Ashim Bose 

Dr. Ashim Bose is the chief data scientist and vice president of artificial intelligence/machine learning and data at Omnitracs. Bose oversees Omnitracs' data and AI offerings and operations, helping customers with actionable insights that support their broader business goals. For more than 27 years, Bose has leveraged data science and AI to bring significant long-term value to his companies, including enhanced financial performance and substantial company growth.

Published Monday, January 13, 2020 7:15 AM by David Marshall
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