German carmakers join forces with telecom giants to develop connectivity tech

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There is more evidence of car manufacturers going down the ‘connected car’ route. It has been announced that three German manufacturers – Audi, BMW and Daimler – have come to an agreement with four of the largest players in the communications industry: Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm. Under the name’5G Association’, this initiative is designed to develop, test and promote – but above all standardise, the future 5G communications network.

The 5G network will reduce to as little as a millisecond the reaction time for data transfer, particularly important in the domain of self-driving cars having to react to what is happening around them. To be successful and reliable, it will also need to cope with peaks of demand effectively.Two of the firms – Ericsson and Nokia – believe this standard may be ready as early as next year, but is unlikely to be deployed before 2020.

Some time ago, it will be remembered, the same trio of manufacturers acquired the mapping tool ‘Here’ from Nokia. This latest move further demonstrates their commitment to a connected car future.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00Tim HarrupCar ManufacturersEurope
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