5G to be unifying connectivity technology for future cars

By year 2025, 67 million automotive 5G vehicle subscriptions will be active and three million out of them will be low latency connections mainly deployed in autonomous and driverless cars.

United States (US) based Technology Market Intelligence Company ABI Research had highlighted that 5G will unify connectivity in autonomous vehicles enabling broadband multimedia streaming, cloud services for vehicle lifecycle management, the capturing and uploading of huge volumes of sensor data and cooperative mobility through V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) communication.

ABI Research Managing Director and Vice President Dominique Bonte said "V2X is a key requirement for the connected and autonomous vehicle of the future". PR Newswire also reported, "It is closely linked to the concept of cooperative mobility, allowing vehicles to exchange both status and event information with each other via reliable, low-latency communication technologies. With it, vehicles can be proactive and capture and share critical events happening locally with each other, ultimately ensuring safer driving practices".

But for V2X to become a reality, the automotive and transportation industries must first expand the scope and relevance of 5G cellular connectivity. ABI Research anticipates this to dramatically increase through 2025, allowing connectivity providers to bring more value-added services to the table and better position themselves in the automotive ecosystem. ABI Research also suggested that 5G's most promising capability for automotive will be its low latency, which could be as low as one millisecond. However, Dominique said that this will require underlying URLL (ultra reliable low latency) 5G capabilities based on the use of millimeter wave bands, latency reduction techniques, and advanced device-to-device (D2D) communication.


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