With more and more self-driving cars hitting the road, there is an impending need to have a network that supports the mobility. This means that you will need fast internet that supports communications. By now it is clear that when 5G arrives in the self-driven cars, they will have more than what we can imagine now. It will be like cars will communicate with one another, and they will know what is at the next turn. Yes, preventing accidents will be much easier.
Self-driving cars are a hot topic right now, but the mechanism is still complicated. With more and more self-driven, autonomous cars hitting the market, the future is already set in motion. Tesla Motors recently announced that they are going to release their autonomous cars in India sometime in June/July this year. Even Intel, BMW, and Mobileye announced that they are about to release a fleet of some 40 cars on the road in the middle of 2017.
So how does 5G come into this?
The more autonomous cars on the road, the safer and stronger the infrastructure of the self-driven cars will become. “Autonomous cars require us to consider many things previously thought impossible,” said Kevin Hattendorf, a director of product marketing in Intel’s Automated Driving Group (ADG). “And a lot of it hinges on a strong communications system.”
These cars will, in short, communicate with each other. They will form a network of their own via which they will record the routes and develop an ecosystem which will help all the cars survive together. This simply means that the demand for a stronger and more reliable communications system via network usage is impending.
According to Hattendorf, these products are all set to be unveiled within the year 2020. The trails, therefore, have already started.
On Self-Driving Cars, Intel, and 5G
Intel’s GO In-Vehicle Development Platforms for Automated Driving is the first of such a platform for the auto industry that is 5G ready. It is for the car manufacturers that want to test the implications of 5G on their platforms. It is for the applications testing platform for autonomous cars.
So what will happen with 5G? We know that 5G is just the upgradation of 4G. This means that you will get faster, secure and more reliable connection with 5G. Aicha Evans, the senior vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group at Intel Corporation also said, “The big difference with 5G is that when you start to talk about “autonomy” and factories, cars, and hospitals thinking for themselves, they will rely on split-second connectivity to do so – with no room for error.”
Self-driving car technology
The autonomous cars have sensors in them, such as lidar, radar, and camera. These sensors will take in the information regarding the objects surrounding the vehicles. These sensors work in unison to check whether the person is human or an object. It takes in all these data and synthesizes it simultaneously. It sends the data to the central data center.
The data center directs the cars on what course of action it should take. The car then follows the protocols and instructions and takes the right course of action. So you can guess that how much huge volume of data it crunches. The experts suggest that each car takes in about terabytes of data every day. So to take in all this data, to transmit it and then to take the right course of action, it should not take more than a few seconds. This is where the 5G connectivity comes in.
As technology progresses and we move forward towards a higher connectivity environment, the cars will become smarter, and they will use higher generation connectivity for faster responsiveness to stimuli.