Latvia is setting up test environment for self-driving cars


Entrepreneurs, researchers and the government of Latvia are joining forces to make the Baltic country a research and development platform for self-driving car technology. Several projects – including the construction of an international test track for self-driving vehicles – are already being implemented, and the government plans to upgrade the country’s legislation to facilitate innovations in the field.

These developments, along with Latvia’s advanced infrastructure, make the country an attractive location for researching and testing self-driving cars. Latvia’s European continental climate, for its part, allows the latest solutions to be tested in all types of weather conditions, including winter ice and snow.

The test track for self-driving cars is being set up by the leading Latvian telecommunications operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, in cooperation with the Riga High Technology University. Latvijas Mobilais Telefons will also provide a suitable communications infrastructure for the trial tests, and is developing a next-generation 5G network to meet the requirements of self-driving cars.

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