BARCELONA, CATALONIA, SPAIN - 2019/02/25: The 5G logo is seen during MWC 2019. The MWC2019 Mobile World Congress opens its doors to showcase the latest news of the manufacturers of smart phones. The presence of devices prepared to manage 5G communications has been the hallmark of this edition. (Photo by Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In Barcelona, everyone’s talking about 5G.As 100,000 people gathered in the Spanish city this week for the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s annual conference, the next generation mobile network took center stage.

This is not just to do with its super-fast speeds, it’s because 5G will create a ripple of developments that will change daily life.”5G is going to have a massive impact on people lives,” says Laila Worrell, CEO of Altran North America, a high-tech engineering company. “We are going to see a big advance in quality of life that 5G can deliver for individuals.”

Industry players claim 5G can be 100 times faster than 4G and that a huge number of devices will be able to connect to the network simultaneously. This will enable vehicles to talk to each other in real time: they’ll know when another car is changing lanes or braking and can adjust to manage traffic accordingly.

The BMW iNEXT, an electric SUV expected to come onto the market in 2021, is fitted with sensors that collect and process data from the car’s surroundings.

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