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Vodafone remotely controls train using 5G

The German mobile operator has successfully completed a trial in which a train was controlled remotely from over 340km away.

Vodafone set up a 5G network in the Ore Mountains in eastern Germany on a special test track. A total of 10 new 5G base stations were needed for the trial.

The operator says the test demonstrates new options for intervening with rail traffic from a control centre, which could serve as a fallback for unmanned or automated rail operations. Vodafone says the trial benefitted from its 5G network’s low latency and large bandwidth.

The test was conducted in conjunction with Thales, the German Aerospace Center and the Smart Rail Connectivity Campus in Annaberg-Buchholz.

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