By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic Investor
Last year, the United States Postal Service (USPS) decided to road-test a fleet of new trucks between Phoenix and Dallas. If you happened to spot these trucks on the highway, you may have noticed something…
They each had two people in the cab. But neither was actually driving the truck.
News headlines call these trucks automated. They’re actually “driver-assisted.” That’s a big difference, because there are still drivers in the cab.
While these trucks are only in testing now, the USPS hopes to have fully operational automated trucks someday.
But that won’t be possible without an upgraded network – 5G.
Driverless trucks are just one example of how the coming 5G revolution will change our lives. Today, I’ll go over how 5G will make the technology of our dreams possible… and why it’s an investing trend you can’t ignore…
Connecting Devices That Will Change Your Life
If you’re like most people, you’re probably looking at the coming 5G buildout the wrong way…
This happens with big, money-making trends. Most people overlook the most important aspect and miss the real opportunities.
For example, while everyone was rushing into bitcoin right before it took a dive in 2018, I went my own way and bet on the technology behind bitcoin (the blockchain) instead. I ended up booking a 13,000% gain in less than a year.
That’s why you need to understand that the revolutionary part of 5G has nothing to do with your phone…
It’s about connecting devices that will change your life.
It’s what we call the Internet of Things (IoT). Things like health-monitoring devices, safety equipment, and even remote surgery will function on 5G.
And this tech can’t exist on today’s 4G network. It simply doesn’t allow enough speed to do these things.
Just take a look at all the technologies that 5G will revolutionize:
How Can This Benefit the Postal Service?
You may be wondering why the USPS would even want to use driverless trucks.
Keep in mind, it spends $4 billion per year on long-haul trucking costs. That amounts to 5.4% of total annual Postal Service operating expenses.
The USPS needs that cost to go down. That’s why it’s testing driverless cars. Once it’s got this tech down, it won’t have to pay contractors $65,000 per year to drive the same stretch of highway.
What the Postal Service doesn’t mention is automated trucks are not possible – yet.
The driver-assisted features can’t function yet without humans behind the wheel. That’s because the sensors on the truck can’t send and receive data fast enough to react to real-life situations on the road. Because they’re still operating over the 4G network.
With the existing technology, the systems in testing are more like the radar-enhanced cruise control in my 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser. That system only works well on a thinly traveled freeway. It expects me to grab the wheel if anything outside of convoy driving pops up.
Automated or “driverless” vehicles can’t function on the current 4G cellular data network your phone uses to connect, because of something called latency.
Latency is the time it takes for a signal to travel from sender to receiver.
Simply put, it’s a delay.
Think of this like the delay on a long-distance phone call years ago. Or like in the early days of news channels using satellites to stream field reports. If you weren’t careful in either case, you’d talk over the person on the other end of the line.
While latency is annoying in a phone conversation or TV interview, it can lead to deadly consequences in other areas of technology.
On the highway, a microsecond can mean the difference between a deadly crash, or avoiding the hazard.
Driverless cars can’t rely on a delayed signal… and this is the same for most tech that will exist on 5G.
And for reasons I’ve talked about before, 5G connectivity – and speed – is not possible on the existing cellular network.
That means an entirely new infrastructure needs to be in place before the Postal Service can move forward with its plan to use driverless trucks… and before any of these technologies shows up in your everyday life.
The good news is, the buildout of that infrastructure is already underway.
How to Take Advantage
Since these devices can’t work on the existing 4G network, it means billions in spending to erect a new one. It’s why smart investors are buying up shares of companies related to 5G.
But not every company in the space is worth investing in. Let me explain.
In order for movies to download in seconds… pacemakers to talk to hospitals… and driverless cars to scan the road and make rapid decisions, many other devices have to be involved.
Demand for these cutting-edge components from smaller, lesser-known companies is set to take off as gadgets that can’t function without 5G become part of our daily lives.
This company developed a device that unlocks the true potential of 5G. In fact, I believe the 5G revolution can’t happen without this company’s technology.
That’s why telecom giants are already making multimillion-dollar deals to get their hands on it. Even the Pentagon is getting involved.
This tiny company is still flying under every investor’s radar. But that won’t last much longer.
I’ll tell you more about it, and how you can get involved, right here.
Editor, Strategic Investor