Telia rolls out smart logistics for trucking company

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Telia Company has enabled connectivity for driverless trucks at a logistics company.

The operator worked with Ericsson and transport company Einride to set up the network at logistics company DB Schenker’s storage area in Jönköping, Sweden.

Einride's electric and autonomous T-pods are being used to transport goods. Einride said that its system could replace more than 60 percent of existing transport technology with a sustainable alternative.

Mats Lundbäck, Chief Technology Officer, Telia Sweden, said: “We are constructing a powerful ecosystem, together with our partners, to take advantage of the possibilities of 5G.

"It is a good example of how technology can create new business opportunities, save costs and also contribute to a more sustainable world. We have an exciting time in front of us."

Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride, added: “Einride's goal is to lead a sustainable transformation of the freight transport sector. And while we do this, security must remain our highest priority.

"5G offers the connectivity and reliability required to safely launch T-pods on public roads, which, in turn, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and completely eliminate nitrogen oxides."

Yesterday O2 said it was deploying small cells between Birmingham and Coventry to trial connected car technology.

Last month, TIM held a driverless car demonstration in two city squares in Turin. It described them as the "crowning jewel" of a wider 5G showcase.

The operator is readying a Smart Road project, which will test self-driving cars on a larger scale.