LMT demonstrates the first use case in the new 5G mobility testbed in Latvia

On August 20th, 2021, 5G-Routes project consortium partner, Latvian mobile innovator LMT in cooperation with the Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate, demonstrated the first use case in the newly launched 5G mobility testbed, located in Latvia’s “Bikernieki” race track.

As the testbed’s first use case LMT demonstrated a teleoperated vehicle simulation, which was conducted remotely over LMT’s 5G network from the town of Cesis 80 km away. The demonstration was broadcasted live on the TV and video platform LMT Straume during LMT’s discussion on the role of 5G in improving traffic safety in the LAMPA Conversation Festival. Moreover, the on-site viewers of the simulation in Cesis were able to try out the remote control of the vehicle themselves, and the opportunity was received with great excitement.

The recently launched Latvia’s 5G mobility testbed in “Bikernieki” will become the first-ever cross-border mobility simulation space in Europe as a part of the 5G-Routes project. It will use Latvia’s LMT and Estonia’s Telia 5G networks to imitate fully functioning international connectivity and develop and demonstrate several 5G-Routes project use cases.

“This successful teleoperated vehicle use case demonstration shows that operating automated vehicles on the 5G network is not only possible but a fast-approaching reality. Therefore, we believe that thanks to the strong network coverage in the Baltics, the Baltic corridor will be one of the great examples of deploying 5G solutions to enable a smart, cross-border highway for connected and autonomous vehicles.” – Artūrs Lindenbergs, Innovation Lead at LMT

The 5G-Routes project aims to validate 5G field trials on the “Via Baltic North” 5G cross-border corridor, spanning the borders of three EU countries – Finland, Estonia, and Latvia. LMT, therefore, coordinates the implementation of the 5G infrastructure across the three countries’ test sites in collaboration with 5G-Routes partners such as Ericsson, Telia, and others. The Latvian mobile innovator is also responsible for ensuring uninterrupted mobile network connectivity in the 5G cross-border corridor.