5 everyday things that 5G will change
Blog 06.06.2018 / 5G is on everyone's lips. But even if it will take some time until 5G is available nationwide, we should prepare for it. And beyond the mere idea of the faster Internet. Because at 5G it's about much more than high-speed surfing or fast downloading of HD movies. The fact is that in the coming years 4G and LTE will be replaced and the 5G technology will be introduced together with suitable applications. A variety of new devices are connected to the network and controlled. But what does that mean for us? What changes, for example, in our everyday lives? Here are five things that are possible.
We already think our cars are very smart, but what happens when they communicate in real time with each other and with their environment takes place on a different level – especially since this 5G application is one of the most complex and critical. The cars have to recognize obstacles and be able to react to them correctly. How essential the effects of errors are is shown again and again by accidents that make headlines in the media. So 5G provides the infrastructure for self-driving cars and connected cars. The key concept here is minimal latency in the transmission of data. So what will change for you? Traffic jams are reduced, for example, all vehicles drive at the traffic light at the same time and coordinate automatically. In addition, it will be possible to see through obstacles using so-called see-through technology, which will allow a faster response and prevent accidents in an emergency. This is already being tested in Vodafone’s 5G Mobility Lab.
Local traffic in real time
What applies to cars, of course, goes for bus and train. Even in the hot-loved transport will change a lot. Your smartphone will then tell you in real time when the next bus will arrive. Error and latency excluded. And run for free to a stop, although still far and wide no train comes, belongs in the future past. The starting point for such a scenario is also a nationwide 5G network. Latencies must also be in the single-digit millisecond range.
In the future, when we are at a concert or in the stadium, we will have other options and no longer have to worry about why only the lead singer is shown on the big screen or the wrong perspective is displayed in the stadium. Even the head of the front man, who blocks us a certain angle, cannot harm us anymore. On our tablet or smartphone, we can in real time on our own the right camera setting or perspective view and change immediately if we want to see something different. If you like E-Sports, you will probably be happy about this option as well. The whole thing is already possible today, but this technique is currently being implemented mainly in Asian countries or the USA, which are one step ahead of us.
Of course, the faster Internet with its fast transmission times is quite nice during normal online shopping and increases the positive customer experiences. But our everyday life will only really change when shopping if we broaden our horizons. For example, if we buy new living room furniture, we’ll take advantage of 5G in a couple of years by virtually putting the new sofa into our room in combination with AR applications, allowing us to calmly consider whether the furniture really is to be used the rest of the decor and whether the corner we want to put it in is big enough. The successor to 4G promises in the future a lot of applications in the areas of augmented and virtual reality.
Customization without limits
The personalization of offers has long been the measure of all things. What the customer wants, he should also get. And that is often not what everyone else has and what does not fit individual needs. The perfected production of products in large masses or on the assembly line does not help there. 5G opens a new world in production. By networking devices and applications, we’re likely to be able to quickly customize our desired version of products via an app and put them directly into production. If the delivery logistics of Connected Cars works faster, there are really no wishes left.
In the end, we can not say what else will change next to the mentioned aspects. 5G’s vast capabilities exceed our imagination, showing step by step what else can be changed with the technology. But we have to wait a bit longer for 5G applications.