5G can be confusing for most, so let’s put it simply. 5G is the 5th generation of wireless networking (WiFi), following the 4th generation which many of us use today (4G). In the coming years, most cities will incorporate 5G cell towers to pair with 5G cell phones. What does this mean for 4G users? How will 5G affect the Internet of Things or autonomous vehicles?
5G’s lightning speed won’t affect LTE users for the worst. Many LTE users are concerned that 4G will become obsolete when 5G towers begin popping up. However, 5G will help the 4G towers move faster. Since 5G builds on 4G, LTE technology will also improve streaming video content and overall speed. 5G isn’t just going to be a helpful network to phones, though. 5G will work with autonomous cars, the internet of things, etc. However, this won’t come to fruition for another few years or so, as the 5G mobile network rises and a few issues are addressed.
An autonomous vehicle is capable of sensing its environment and moving safely with little or no human input. Some of the complexities with 5G technology are that when an autonomous vehicle goes out of the 5G network, it then has to rely on LTE, possibly slowing the reaction time and disabling some add-on features.
The trolley problem is presented as a possible moral dilemma we may face when considering 5G autonomous vehicles and network strength throughout each country. If one country takes precedence over the individual (consumer of car) over its society as a whole, and another country takes its society as a whole over the care of the individual/driver, then we are dealing with the moral values of the territory in which we are driving throughout. If technology is being created based on a mindset of a specific region and is being exported throughout different countries, a control needs to be set in order to prevent errors that result in accidents and neglect. Until then- who’s excited about faster internet?!