Flash Forward Friday?

Flash Forward Friday? 

Like many of you, I have a morning routine and part of my routine is to check my social media feeds and my google alerts for the latest news.

This week’s news was a bit more like a Flashback Friday - to the days when I faithfully monitored my then middle schoolers social media feeds. Like I did back in those days, I found myself #SMH (shaking/smacking my head) – A LOT and for a variety of reasons.

One of which had to do with these types of postings and headlines:

“imagine spending millions on some stupid ad campaign about how "being just ok is not ok" and then having a network that is only better than sprint (which is trash), all while peddling fake 5G…"; “AT&T’s fake 5G is slower than rivals’ real 4G”; “Sprint steps up fight against AT&T’s “fake 5G” with full-page Sunday NYT ad”; “Verizon Told To Revise 'First To 5G' Ads”.

The much anticipated 5G network is garnering much attention now for many reasons. The obvious being all these companies want to be first when it comes to offering 5G to their customers.

Another reason is because the projected 5G networks are expected to be deployed by 2020. 5G is no longer a mythical idea, 5G is finally becoming a reality.

5G will transform many industries and transportation is one of them.

According to a recent report from CB Insights via TechRepublic. “Transportation systems ranging from public buses to private logistic fleets will gain increased visibility and control thanks to 5G, the report said. 5G will allow improved vehicle-to-vehicle communications, enabling more self-driving car testing. These networks will also help cities gain access to more data around their transportation systems.”

AT&T reports, "through mobile technology, 5G is expected to provide end-to-end connectivity across our cities and beyond. It will support many types of communications for transportation companies.

Two of the most important include:

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V): Vehicles relay signals directly to each other
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I): Vehicles communicate with sensors on bridges, roads and traffic lights

Nearly 125 years after the first vehicle was road tested, our journey to the future has only just begun.”

With or without 5G technology, KBT is concerned about adequate funding for a safe, sustainable transportation network today.

We are even more concerned about finding the funding for the future. However, we stand ready to work towards a viable solution.