A vehicle will become a platform that hosts disruptive and innovative applications enhancing the user experience.

As we move towards the autonomous ecosystem, vehicles will be integrated with a wide variety of sensors that substitute the eyes, ears, tactile senses, positional accuracy and situational awareness of a human driver. Optical sensors like visual and infra-red cameras and LIDAR will be augmented with inertial sensors and high precision GNSS. All these sensors will generate a massive amount of data which needs to be communicated in real-time to other vehicles, infrastructures, and networks.
With its low latency communication of 1 millisecond and ability to support the processing of massive amounts of data, 5G will support mission-critical functions such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications (V2X), and in turn, will enable autonomous driving. Smart, connected, automated and autonomous driving will require a failproof, robust and omnipresent wireless network that has extensive coverage, high data transfer speeds, ultra-low latency, and ultra-high reliability.
The emergence of 5G will transform the automotive industry’s business models. It will enable a whole new level of safety where vehicles would be exchanging information related to the road, speed and condition of the vehicle, traffic situation and more in real-time. To realize the vision of complete autonomy in vehicles, automotive, telecommunications and technology industries must collaborate on issues such as network coverage, infrastructure, security, privacy, standardization and implementation timelines. 
Sample automotive use cases that would be supported with 5G communication are as follows:

  • Safety - such as Forward collision warning, Emergency Brake Warning, Abnormal Vehicle Warning, Control Lost Warning, ‘Do not pass’ Warning, Emergency Vehicle Warning, Vulnerable Road User, V2X Augmented Reality and See-through imaging displays
  • Passenger Entertainment Driver Services - such as Next-generation In Car entertainment, Fuel and Vehicle Services 
  • Vehicular Information & Update - such as Remote Vehicle Analytics, Reliable Software Over-the-Air Updates (OTA), Reliable Security Over-the-Air Updates
  • Control - such as Emergency Trajectory Alignment, Road Congestion Management, Traffic Light Optimized Speed Advisory, Cautionary Vehicle Platooning, Video & Sensor information Sharing for cooperative driving, Signal Violation Warning & Advance Signage assistance 

To better understand  the current trends and predictions around autonomous driving and 5G communication, attend our  upcoming webinar titled ‘The Role of 5G Telematics and V2X at Various Levels of Autonomous Driving.’  Speakers include Vishnu Sundaram, Vice President of Telematics, HARMAN Connected Car, and Roger Lanctot, Director Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics. Please register for the webinar here.
During this session you will have the opportunity to ask questions about:

  • The role of 5G telematics as the industry moves through autonomous levels 3-5
  • The tradeoffs between cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X) and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)
  • How cars will interface directly through V2X, and the effect V2X has on safety and efficiency

Also, let us know your opinion on the future outlook for 5G technology. We would love to hear from you!