The role of 5G technologies: Challenges in smart cities and intelligent transportation systems

Leonardo Guevara, Fernando Auat Cheein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The new mobile technology, 5G, challenges the current scenario in communications by overcoming the flaws of currently working 4G. Such new technology offers to smart cities and intelligent transportation systems a new way to become fully integrated by allowing massive simultaneous connections and ubiquity of network, even under high mobility situations or dense populated areas. In this way, 5G will become a key enabler for real Internet of Things and its corresponding Internet of Vehicles. This discussion is aimed at providing, in a comprehensive manner, how 5G technology will impact on smart cities, intelligent transportation systems -including autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles- and vehicular communications, its technical, economic and legal challenges, in the following years.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6469
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • 5G
  • Autonomous driving
  • IoT
  • ITS
  • Smart city
  • Vehicular communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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