The track will be constructed within Peachtree Corners’ 500-acre Technology Park Atlanta
The new US city of Peachtree Corners in Georgia is working with communication services company, Sprint, to build a smart city transportation lab, which will serve as a test-bed for self-driving cars and make use of 5G technology.
Curiosity Lab will be a real-world laboratory, consisting of a 1.5-mile test track constructed within a 500-acre technology park supported by Sprint technology. Local nodes will reduce latency and will be deployed as a network for software, so customers and application providers will be able to offer their services right from the edge.
Founded in 2012, Peachtree Corners is home to more than 42,000 residents and over 2,500 businesses and is located 30 minutes north of the Atlanta International Airport. It is also the base for the 500-acre Technology Park Atlanta, considered the cornerstone for technology in the Atlanta metro area.
"Being at the forefront of research and development into smart city and transportation technologies helps the city increase efficiency and will transform how we live, work, learn, and play," said Brian Johnson, city manager for Peachtree Corners. "Only Sprint has an incredible platform that combines both IoT and 5G which allows us to realise new goals in this digital age."
Sprint and Peachtree Corners will create a living transportation laboratory that will allow new intelligent mobility technologies to be tested and evaluated in actual driving conditions. Sprint Curiosity IoT with high-capacity mobile 5G will allow for the testing of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and over-the-horizon warnings.
It will be possible, for example, to test how connected cars can communicate to make lane changing and highway exiting safer and more efficient, how above-road warning messages might instead be sent to and displayed on car dashboards and how drivers might receive in-car alerts about approaching connected emergency vehicles.
"Being at the forefront of research and development into smart city and transportation technologies helps the city increase efficiency and will transform how we live, work, learn, and play”
"This state-of-the-art lab will serve as a testing facility for the most advanced automotive technology," said Ivo Rook, senior vice present of IoT and product development for Sprint. "This is much more than self-driving cars, Sprint is bringing together Curiosity IoT, micro-positioning and HD mapping, all enabled by our upcoming mobile 5G network, to develop and test the most advanced technologies in the industry."
The Curiosity IoT with 5G telecommunications infrastructure will provide an immediate benefit to companies exploring next-generation technologies in mobility and IoT applications and will be an asset to the innovation community. Peachtree Corners’ Prototype Prime non-profit incubator focused on early stage software and hardware technology startups, is actively recruiting start-ups who want to be among the first to deploy 5G.
Sprint 5G and Curiosity are creating the new standard in IoT which features device data intelligence, over-the-air device management and chip-to-cloud security. When coupled with Sprint’s blazing-fast, high-capacity mobile 5G service, Curiosity IoT’s dedicated, distributed and virtualised IoT core network will be capable of supporting artificial intelligence, robotics, edge computing, autonomous vehicles and other IoT systems requiring extreme low-latency and high-bandwidth.
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