Global automotive behemoths Audi, BMW and Daimler have partnered with telecommunication giants to form "5G Automotive Association" to develop fifth generation (5G) mobile networks for cars. The association will develop, test and standardise fifth generation high-speed wireless communication.
Audi in a statement said that the goal is to address society's connected mobility and road safety requirements with applications such connected automated driving, universal access to services and integration to smart cities and intelligent transportation.
The auto majors along with Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm have announced the formation of the "5G Automotive Association". The first step will be Audi's traffic light information system in the vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) integration which will be launched in select smart cities of the US.
So how does the 5G wireless communication work or how is it related to cars? The 5G technology is faster that the current 4G, or the Long-Term Evolution (LTE). The association is working on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), Cellular Vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X).
The V2I is communication of the cars to infrastructure in the smart cities like being connected to traffic signals. As for V2V, each vehicle will communicate with other vehicles on the road and help understand their positions.
The C-V2X which shifts the focus of information and communication technologies towards Internet of Things where everyday objects have network connectivity and allow them to send and receive data.