Ericsson Trials Verizon 5G and VR at Indianapolis 500

Tested 5G technologies like beam forming and beam tracking
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INDIANAPOLIS—Ericsson, in partnership with Intel and Verizon, took to the track during the Indianapolis 500 to test some 5G network and virtual reality technology.

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Technologies such as beam forming and beam tracking, which use antenna arrays to steer a beam to where a user is with less radio interference, were utilized to attain speeds of 6Gbps across Verizon’s 5G trial network. Ericsson also installed a camera on the roof of the race car and fitted the driver with a 5G-enabled VR headset showing a 4K video stream of the track from the camera.

Ericsson and Verizon reported that during the trials they attained downlink speeds of 6.4Gbps in a vehicle travelling at 60 miles per hour.

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