Mobile phone and network provider Vodafone has etched its name into the UAV history books by breaking a speed record.
Piloted by teenage drone racer, Luke Bannister, the Vodafone Xblades racing drone, the Wingcopter XBR, achieved a top speed average of 240.6km/h on the Goodwood estate, officially setting the record as confirmed by the team at Guinness World Records.
“Setting a drone world record at The Goodwood Festival of Speed gives us a glimpse of what is to come with the roll-out of 5G across the country,” said Vodafone UK’s enterprise director, Anne Sheehan.
“With super-charged data speeds, we will see technology – including drones – put to new and exciting uses.”
A video from the record-breaking flight can be found below.
According to mobile service providers, including Vodafone and T-Mobile, the use of 5G opens up a new dimensions in innovative drone applications, including live-saving services. Earlier this year, Vodafone announced trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology.
The company’s system is integrated with 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent inadvertent or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as airports, prisons and hospitals.
The mobile phone providers are the latest in a stream of technology firms to target the development of 5G and smart cities.
Last month Huawei Technologies and Unifly signed a deal to cooperate in the field of unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems. The agreement covers both research and development, and a joint market approach to drone management.