Ericsson, Telia, and Einride are reportedly working to put 5G into motion at the DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The companies aim to power an autonomous, all-electric transport ecosystem which will take fleet management to next level.

Einride’s T-pod, a self-driving vehicle is apparently provided with high performance connectivity through Ericsson Cloud Core and Ericsson Radio System for 5G. Einride’s T-pod is operating continuously at the logistics facilities of DB Schenker.

Founder and CEO of Einride, Robert Falck, said that the driving mission of the company is to head the shift of road freight transportation towards sustainability. 5G provides the reliability and connectivity that the company needs to introduce the T-pod on public roads safely, eliminating nitrogen oxide emissions and making way for 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.

DB Schenker’s Chief Operating Officer, Ewald Kaiser, mentioned that the company is as at the forefront of this transition, with the connectivity through Ericsson and Telia, and the partnership with Einride. This pilot is a significant stage in the shift towards an intelligent transportation system which would be safe, sustainable and cost-efficient, he added.

Chief Technology Officer of Telia Sweden, Mats Lundbäck said that 5G is a novel technology which would create customer value and enable new sustainable business opportunities. The company is developing a powerful ecosystem together with its partners, which will be having a huge impact on customers and society as a whole in the future.

Ericsson’s Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses, Åsa Tamsons, revealed that the transport industry is currently witnessing a paradigm shift. With ultra-low latency and high-data speeds, 5G is powering autonomous vehicles to take fleet management to the next level, Tamsons said.

Supposedly, the low-latency and high-capacity characteristics of 5G will be the foundation of future transport solutions. Over 60 percent of today’s transport can be potentially replaced by Einride’s T-pod and autonomous transport system , powered by 5G, with a cost-competitive and sustainable alternative.