Driverless car technology company Halo is launching its first commercial driverless car services, powered by the T-Mobile 5G network, in Las Vegas.

The company will start offering rides to customers later this year, initially operating only in urban parts of the Las Vegas Valley.

Using its RemotePilot technology, Halo’s in-house drivers will operate the driverless car remotely on T-Mobile’s 5G network.

Halo’s cars are also equipped with Advanced Safe Stop mechanism, which immediately stops the car on detecting a potential safety hazard or system anomaly.

The car also features an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that allows it to learn in the background while humans control the vehicle. This is said to build a unique feedback loop to eventually achieve Level III capabilities.

The company said that once fully deployed, its service has the potential to replace the need for personally owned cars, in turn reducing traffic bottlenecks and carbon emissions.

It added that the driverless service solves transportation challenges by taking a people-first approach to autonomous cars.

Halo founder and CEO Anand Nandakumar said: “Full autonomy is a massive challenge from both a technical and social trust perspective that won’t be solved for years to come.

“But Halo has been designed to address these challenges by building automation over time, starting with a solution that consumers will feel comfortable using today.”

Clark County Commissioner of District F and Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission vice-chair Justin Jones said: “For years, Nevada has been a hub for innovation in autonomous vehicles and a leader in this space.

“Halo and 5G technology offer an intelligent transition between where we are today and where we want to go in the coming years, giving residents and visitors a better, more energy-efficient way to move throughout this great city.”