Off to the Wayra Tech Lab
Turbulent warm-up laps
The highlight of the 5G race: the drivers can neither see the 5G race cars nor the route directly. Instead, a camera is mounted on every runabout, which transmits the image to the smartphone via lightning-fast 5G. Steering, accelerating and braking also work via the display. Because 5G works almost without delay, the miniature cars can be precisely controlled in real time from anywhere. In order to avoid excuses, each reader received a classy Samsung Galaxy Fold3 as a “steering wheel” before the start. And then it started. The first test rounds were turbulent despite 5G and top cell phones: A few speedsters made acquaintance with the gang, other cars crashed into each other. After a short time to get used to it, the participants pounded more and more confidently across the route, and things got serious: AUTO BILD versus COMPUTER BILD readers – who is the fastest?
Hot race for the title
The freshly minted 5G racing champion already showed in the test laps that he has a particularly good knack for speedsters. “My wife will be satisfied; she wanted the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, ”he said happily. Marco Sassano received the brand new smartwatch at a festive award ceremony.
Finalist Martin Stroda called the event a “cool action”: “First place would of course have been nicer, but I’m also happy as second. Especially since we all go home as winners with this great prize.” Above all, Tobias Häuser remembered the warm-up phase vividly: “The first laps were more like a stock car race. You can see the spectacle in the video below:
Battle of the giants