Driverless Cars Could Stimulate Telecoms Network Investment

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 17, 2016 12:03

Driverless Cars Could Stimulate Telecoms Network Investment


Although one always wants the government to lob out loads of money to the electronics industry, in a funny way it’s a relief not to see barmy tech ideas in the budget.

Although one always wants the government to lob out loads of money to the electronics industry, in a funny way it’s a relief not to see barmy tech ideas in the budget.

If George had dumped millions on us for IoT, wearables and driverless cars we’d have lost whatever faith we still had in our chancellor.

Last year he announced £100 million for testing driverless cars. This year not a squeak.

Nonetheless accountants KPMG took the interesting view that HMG’s intentions to remove regulatory barriers to driverless cars could stimulate much-needed investment in our telecoms infrastructure.

“Seamless, high quality and ultra-fast fixed and mobile connectivity is essential for successful and safe deployment of connected vehicles,” says Alex Holt, Head of Telecoms at KPMG, “the sooner organisations can get the long-term assurance they need to write the big cheques for telecoms infrastructure that will underpin the creation of new digital opportunities, such as connected vehicles.”

Big cheques for telecom infrastructure? Sounds like a parallel universe – or China. But if the ‘opportunity’ of driverless cars is what is needed to get the telecoms industry to deliver a ‘seamless, high quality, and ultra-fast’ networks then I’m all for driverless cars.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 17, 2016 12:03