5G Drives Automated
Ferry in Norway
December 12, 2019
Ericsson, Telia and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
have partnered to show that you don’t need wheels, or roads, to benefit
from 5G-enabled driverless transport.
The 5G-connected autonomous ferry
milliAmpère crossing Trondheim’s harbor canal
The partners have
successfully demoed a small connected passenger ferry, with an AI
captain, in the Norwegian fjord city of Trondheim.
The autonomous ferry, named milliAmpère, transported passengers across
Trondheim’s harbor canal. Ericsson 5G technology enabled Telia to
securely support the large amount of data transfers needed to support
the autonomous ferry.
MilliAmpère is equipped with sensors that record its surroundings and
the steering system on board. This generates large amounts of data that
needs to be communicated with the control center.
Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Customer Unit Northern and Central Europe,
Ericsson, says: “Ericsson’s world leading 5G technology and its ability
to upload large amounts of data in a short time was key to the success
of the pilot. Ericsson’s 5G Radio and superior software enables upload
speeds of more than 200Mbps and download speeds above 1Gbps.”
Eide, associate professor at the Department of Electronic Systems,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), says: “The data
is analyzed so that the vessel finds its way itself and avoids any
obstacles, and at the same time the distance to the quay is measured so
that the boat can safely moor itself.”
“In the event of a sea emergency, the vessel can also be remotely
controlled from the control center at Gløshaugen via the same mobile
Ericsson, has been working on autonomous vehicles powered by 5G all over
the globe, Ericsson has also partnered with Telia to highlight the
environmental benefits of self-driving vehicles..
Ericsson currently has more than 75 commercial 5G agreements or
contracts with unique communication service providers, of which 24 are