Perhaps General Motors will one day return to Europe at a larger scale. Not in manufacturing or new vehicle sales, but in self-driving car services. The countries of Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia have peered into the future and hope to bring connected and autonomous cars to their local roads, like GM’s Cruise AV.
The three countries signed a letter of intent to form a corridor of 5G networks for connected and self-driving cars. The testing area will span the Greek city of Thessaloniki and Bulgaria and Serbia’s capitals, Sofia and Belgrade.
The latest agreement builds upon previous partnerships to begin the creation of a pan-European network of 5G corridors.
5G will open up the ability for self-driving cars to send and receive information more quickly with an energy efficiency identical to current 4G networks. Experts agree 5G will likely become widespread in 2020, but some operators have already begun rolling out 5G networks, including AT&T, Verizon, and other in the U.S. and Europe.