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How 5G will encourage more people to use public transport

With the arrival of 5G in the USA, it’s worth remembering it’s not all about faster download speeds. The transportation industry, vehicles, roads and infrastructure, are set to be shaped by the upgrade to the cellular network on a nation-wide basis. Self-driving vehicles, along with advanced traffic management could reduce time wasted in traffic, as well as improving the efficiency and convenience of public transport in a bustling, metropolitan city. Over the next 7 years, CITA, a telecoms provider looking to invest approximately $275 billion to enable 5G to properly function, will help to boost the development of smart cities. We’re looking at the different ways public transport can benefit from the arrival of 5G.

Improving the flow of traffic

The flow of traffic could be substantially eased in busy city centers with a strong and reliable 5G network. Traffic signals would change based on real-time patterns and the current situation, monitored by cameras and sensors. The difference will be most widely felt in rush hours, which in turn will make public transport a more attractive choice. A streamlined traffic management system will ultimately foster a reduction in rush hours queues. Recently, in Kansas City, Missouri, streetlight sensors were installed along a 2.2-mile streetcar line in the city center, helping to monitor real-time traffic, demonstrating what can be achieved with the mix of technology and transport.

On-time timetables

We are already aware of the benefits a fast internet speed has in helping us to manage our own daily activities. We have the technology at our disposal to map our walking or driving routes with the addition of live traffic updates. As 5G becomes more prominent, route-planning technology, especially for buses and trains can be greatly enhanced, giving passengers more faith in the reliability of their chosen transport. A reduction in wider wait times and real-time updates, for example, will make our cities transit systems more efficient and easier for the everyday traveler to navigate.

Onboard connectivity

Nowadays, consumers expect an onboard experience from a city’s transit system and the introduction of 5G is set to rival, if not better, the speeds of Wi-Fi. With better download speeds, life and work don’t have to stop because of a poor connection. 5G is set to make waves in developing more efficient smart cities and revolutionizing the way we travel on buses and trains is just the start. Future Systems is at the forefront of providing a wide range of products to support the changes happening right now. It’s our unique approach to each project alongside our industry knowledge and experience that sets us apart from our competition.

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