Halo and T-Mobile: Working together to launch driverless vehicles in Las Vegas soon

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Say hello to the future of driving. 

Earlier today, driverless car startup Halo announced its new service in partnership with T-Mobile’s 5G network. The new service will be available in Las Vegas later this year as a fleet of remotely operated electric vehicles. 

Even though the technology makes use of 5G remote drivers, it won’t be exclusively operating on T-Mobile’s 5G network. Halo says this will be the primary network they will use with its mid-, low-band 5G, and LTE network as a fallback. The driverless car company will also be relying on the other networks. 

In a nutshell, Halo has a team of remote drivers that are equipped to operate the vehicles. Each remote driver will deliver the vehicle to an awaiting customer, who will be the one to drive the wheel to get to his destination. Once the trip has ended, the car moves on to another pick-up location. 

Right now, Halo is operating test drives with their safety drivers in vehicles. This, however, won’t be included with paying customers. 

This isn’t the first time Las Vegas has seen driverless vehicles. In fact, Lyft previously operated a driverless taxi service and Motional has tested autonomous rides without the presence of a backup driver behind the wheel. What makes Halo’s service different from these though is that they have an “Advanced Safe Stop” mechanism that automatically brings a car to a stop once danger has been detected. With this, Halo is hopeful that it will be able to achieve full autonomy. 

Once it is ready to launch, Halo will operate these vehicles in “urban parts of the Las Vegas Valley.” There is no mention of how extensive the service will cover and whether it intends to expand the service to other parts of the city.

 

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Willie D

    Based on user experience with 5G, if I saw a TMobile 5G car anywhere near me, I’d run and get the hell away from it. TMo 5G is SLOW as F provided when the data connectivity actually does work. That said, there is no way any driverless car will be controlled over TMo 5G anytime soon. The network is as bad as AT&T circa 2007 iPhone issues speed. It’s as bad as Sprint 2010-2012 era. I don’t know if it can even legally be called 5G considering it STILL can’t even meet or exceed 3G speeds at its fastest with a more reliable GPRS type 56k speed. TMo needs to give it a rest rest 5G

    • dcmanryan

      If you’re going to troll at the very least try to post a little fact with your rants. This may shock you, but the 5G speed and experience will vary place to place and if yours is as you describe it might be vastly different for other people. You people in a bad spot that bad mouth the coverage based on the signal from the hay bails in your second cousins barn always make me laugh. If it’s bad here it’s bad everywhere and I’m a gonna let the nation know and warn them all. Morons…

      • marque2

        I agree with you, but there are enough slow spots where I wonder how this would work. My guess is the 5g isn’t used to operate the car, but merely to send location information, possible routing information, and operating status.

        • dcmanryan

          I’m not sure how it will work either. I was in Las Vegas 2 days after the mass shooting and T-Mobile’s service around the strip was almost unusable. Others on here have stated there’s been major upgrades once the 5G towers were fully deployed so I’m assuming the service is vastly improved in the area but I’ve not been to Las Vegas since then as I despise the town.

          The article also states other carriers will be available too as backup so it looks like they’re covering their bases but the thought of riding in a driverless car still freaks me out.

        • marque2

          Yeah reception wasn’t best in Vegas last time I was there, even though they had T-mobile stadium. I agree though, over the last year, with the 5g updates, many areas are starting to get decent coverage. Still the futurists, telling us you can control a car on the freeway via a 5g phone network are off their rocker – and I am guessing we are only getting the routing and status data, maybe billing info through the Tmobile.

          T-mobile does sell their services for incidental data transmission. As an example, my CPAP device (helps with snoring and breathing issues at night) rats me out every day via T-mobile 4g service. Says so in the settings. I get calls from the service when I don’t use the device enough.

        • John Fleming

          I was there just a few days after you and the service was perfect around the strip.

        • dcmanryan

          May have been a congested tower or who knows what. I believe we all had iPhone 8 Plus phones at the time. The service worked most the time but you couldn’t watch videos at all. I did several speed test and clearly remember it was 1-2 Mbps.

      • Willie D

        I live in San Francisco bro. Stop being a fan boy. I’m not trolling. I’m stating MY EXPERIENCE

        • marque2

          I usually point out to people that if they don’t like the service from T-Mobile, there are always AT&T and Verizon.

          I mean I do the occasional complaint myself but it isn’t constant. Like there is no service from Bodega Bay to Point Arena along the coast there and then no service again until Ft Bragg.

        • dcmanryan

          My point proven. You’re comparing YOUR experience in a different town and state to something T-Mobile is doing elsewhere and you’re damning it.

          I get T-Mobile coverage is still bad in areas and areas of most towns, even large towns like yours will have spots where it’s dead or almost unusable and that’s a problem that needs to be addressed. There’s areas where I can go from 150+ Mbps down to 2 Mbps in 2 blocks and that should never happen. I’m no fan boy of T-Mobile by a long shot as I’ve bad mouthed them my self on these threads numerous times. It just irks me when people miles away from where they’re talking about in an article condemn an entire project based on their experience in their town.

    • mreveryphone

      5G by me is A1! No complaints here. Vegas gets all the new network upgrades first so they may be a little more ahead in network tech than where you are.. I don’t know that to be facts but usually when I go out there my speeds are very good…

  • Walter Kowalski

    Self driving is a sham and probably needs lots of cuts of red tape from the nanny state. Don’t count on it.

  • Shad0wB0xin

    Off topic:

    Ive been a tmo customer for over 10yrs now, so suffice to say I’m a fan.

    They really had me during legere tenure and the start of the uncarrier movement.

    Sadly, ive been noticed tmo becoming more and more carrier-like.

    Their most robust individual plan costs the same as at&ts, both have the same features, setting aside hbomax and netflix.

    I’m on a grandfathered single choice plan.

    If I didnt have this plan, I would not be so firmly committed to tmo any longer, I would explore my options.

    Rant over

  • Ron Kinsey

    This website is dying. Just recieved the july update to my Samsung galaxy s21 ultra.