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How Hong Kong’s smart mobility ambitions will be boosted by 5G roll-out


Looking back in time, you can pinpoint when something significant in tech started – from the smartphone age, when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s first iPhone in the US, to the world’s biggest shopping day, when Jack Ma led Alibaba Group Holding’s launch of its Singles’ Day promotion in China.

Hong Kong’s bid to become a world-class smart city was kick-started with the public unveiling of its five-year blueprint on December 15, 2017. A recent interview with executives of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) put that government programme into perspective, as it relates to the potential of smart mobility and the role of 5G mobile technology.

“We’re enabling some Hong Kong-based 5G applications to enhance the autonomous vehicle experience,” said Eric Tsang, chief technologist of baseband solutions at ASTRI. “Our technologies are ready, but there’s a lot of trial and error [in our collaborations with industry players].”

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