Las Vegas, January, 2019– Sprint announced a ground-breaking project in Peachtree Corners, Ga. where the city is building an intelligent vehicle test track featuring Sprint's 5G technology combined with Curiosity IoT and micropositioning. “Curiosity™ Lab at Peachtree Corners”, a real-world laboratory, will consist of a 1.5-mile test track constructed within a 500-acre technology park supported by innovative Sprint technology. Local nodes will reduce latency and will be deployed as a network for software, so customers and application providers will be able to offer their services right from the edge.
“This state-of-the-art lab will serve as a testing facility for the most advanced automotive technology,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice present of IoT and product development for Sprint. “This is much more than self-driving cars, Sprint is bringing together Curiosity IoT, micropositioning and HD mapping, all enabled by our upcoming mobile 5G network, to develop and test the most advanced technologies in the industry. We are honored to work with Peachtree Corners to drive AI, robotics and autonomous.”
Sprint and Peachtree Corners will create a state-of-the-art living transportation laboratory that will allow new intelligent mobility technologies to be tested and evaluated in actual driving conditions. Sprint Curiosity IoT with super-fast, high-capacity mobile 5G will allow for the testing of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and over-the-horizon warnings. It will be possible, for example, to test how connected cars can communicate to make lane changing and highway exiting safer and more efficient, how above-road warning messages might instead be sent to and displayed on car dashboards and how drivers might receive in-car alerts about approaching connected emergency vehicles.
The Curiosity IoT with 5G telecommunications infrastructure will provide an immediate benefit to companies exploring next generation technologies in mobility and IoT applications and will be an asset to the innovation community. Peachtree Corners' Prototype Prime, a 501(c)3 non-profit incubator focused on early stage software and hardware technology startups, is actively recruiting startups who want to be among the first to deploy 5G.
“Being at the forefront of research and development into smart city and transportation technologies helps the city increase efficiency and will transform how we live, work, learn, and play,” said Brian Johnson, city manager for Peachtree Corners. “Only Sprint has an incredible platform that combines both IoT and 5G which allows us to realize new goals in this digital age.”