Audi has announced a partnership with US operator Verizon , through which it will bring 5G connectivity on its cars until 2024 . Superior connectivity also means upgraded software performance, more accurate navigation and superior streaming for music and video.
You probably already know that global positioning is often assisted by telephone operators and antennas, so superior connectivity will help with more good driver. New cars need components and software, as well as superior services, compared to the “analog” cars so far. One concept that we will hear about in the next period is “vehicle to everything” (V2X), which will increase the quality of the driving experience, but also its safety.
Audi and Verizon will use 5G Ultra Wideband technology starting with the 2024 product line. We will also see increased services, assisted driving and connectivity innovations, plus automated driving. Audi is a pioneer, being one of the first companies with Wi-Fi in the vehicle, but also 4G LTE, starting with the Audi A3 (sedan) in 2015. Now it wants to “steal” the premiere of 5G cars in the US. 5G in ideal conditions offers connectivity up to 100 times faster than 4G, but its implementation has been problematic for the last 3 years.
Audi presented the implementation of the V2X system, with a function that allows vehicles to communicate with a municipal traffic system, for traffic flow and intelligent steering. There will also be special subscriptions to these smart features and smart dashboards. Mercedes has already installed similar communication systems between vehicles and urban systems on E-Class and S-Class models, as early as 2017 and 2018.
Unfortunately in 2017 the Trump administration canceled a Obama-era project that required the development of new cars with this V2V (vehicle to evehicle) communication system. The FCC has released a new version of V2X with dedicated spectrum. When machines communicate with each other, they exchange wireless data over unlicensed spectrum through the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) band in the 5.9 GHz band.