Five updates on driverless vehicles as pilot-less planes could be introduced within next 50 years
The Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary, confirmed that he believes there will be pilot-less planes in operation within the next 50 years. Research by Swiss bank, UBS, found that only 17% of travellers would be willing to fly without a pilot but Mr O’Leary believes substantially reduced ticket prices will “probably dispel those fears,” Business Insider Australia reports.
Following that news, Manufacturing Global looks at five updates of driverless technology that could soon be realised in the near future.
The prospect of pilot-less planes has been gathering a considerable amount of momentum in recent times with Mr O’Leary’s admission that pilot-less planes will be in the sky within the next 40-50 years accelerating that belief. Uber hopes to unveil flying taxis in cities around the world by 2023, with the company anticipating to launch demonstration flights as early as 2020, CBC reports.
In August, a self-driving taxi took passengers across Tokyo which raised hopes that the service could be used in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The road tests were the first in the world to trial the driverless taxis and introduce fare-paying passengers, The Guardian reports.
The automotive giants, Toyota, and ridesharing company, Uber, are significantly increasing their efforts to develop autonomous vehicles. Toyota are set to invest $500mn into the project and will utilise Uber’s driving technology based on a number of its Sienna minivans. Pilot trials are expected to begin in 2021.
In March, London saw the world’s first driverless train in operation as the Govia Thameslink (GTR) train utilised the Automatic Train Operation system. It works in combination with trackside signals which feedback information via the new European Train Control System.
Driverless cars have already started to be developed by global automotive companies such as Mercedes, BMW and Lexus with testing thought to be at an advanced testing stage. According to The Guardian, it is the hope of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, that fully autonomous vehicles will be on the UK’s roads by 2021.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.