Millbrook has announced that it will become a partner in the new AutoAir project; the world-leading scheme to bring 5G technologies to the automotive and technology industries. By investing in this technology, Millbrook will assist in the acceleration of the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the industry.
AutoAir brings together several of the industry’s leading 5G players and is anchored by the work at Surrey University’s 5G Innovation Center (5GIC). The project is a consortium of partners lead by Airspan Networks and set to be hosted at Millbrook. It is a unique, accelerated development programme for 5G technology and is based on 5G New Radio (NR) small cells that operate on a “Neutral Host” basis. The shared neutral host platform allows multiple public and private 5G operators simultaneously to use the same infrastructure using network slicing, which can radically improve the economics for 5G networks.
The project will see Millbrook build a fibre backbone and 23 ‘Small Cell’ base station sites. The test bed will allow CAV developers access to Gigabit/s, low latency, wide-area 5G wireless infrastructure that will work seamlessly across the entire proving ground at Millbrook. This is crucial for the validation and testing of level three to level five autonomous vehicles, which require high speed, real-time connectivity to compare the ‘real world’ outcomes with the decision-making simulation.