Reliance Jio which is being led by Mr. Mukesh Ambani, revealed the potential benefits of multiple live 5G trials starting from driverless cars, surveillance drones, and SKYSHIP, with facial recognition facilities for recovery activities, Reliance Jio on Thursday. Airtel also exhibited a 5G-enabled self-operated drone for disaster response and monitoring.

The company in association with Ericsson displayed a prototype car which they drove in Mumbai using 5G technology. The car prototyped at Reliance Corporate Part was driven remotely from Aerocity, Delhi.  

The existing tariff war post the entry of Reliance Jio in September 2016 has forced many telcos to shut shop or combine with bigger peers to persist.

Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance industries said “By 2020, I believe India will be a fully-4G country and ready for 5G ahead of others. Every phone in India will be a 4G enabled phone and each customer will have access to the 4G network. India has moved from the 155th rank in mobile broadband penetration to be the number one nation in mobile data consumption in the world in less than two years. This is the quickest transition from 2G and 3G to 4G anywhere in the world.”

Jio showcases the power of 5G 

A company official mentioned, “5G introduces the ability to control devices and heavy machinery remotely, thus unlocking the potential for advanced mission-critical applications in surgeries medical fields, and industrial automation that would otherwise be unavailable”.

Jio team underwent a ‘blackout’ test in which the driver handled the car while wearing a set of virtual reality glasses, depending solely on video seized from a camera on the hood of the car.

A booth with a drone with the help of 5G determined how using facial recognition technology can help recognize threats on a real-time basis. 5G technology is also used in telemedicine which is a practice of using telecommunications technology to estimate, detect and clinical care for patients at a distance.        

The capabilities of 5G  that include low latency and high data rates during the vehicle mobility, merged with augmented reality (AR), can facilitate new and innovative real-time applications and interactive services.

Watch a video of Jio showcases drone powered by 5G technology: