Audi of America is collaborating with Verizon to add 5G connectivity to its vehicles by 2024, both companies announced. 5G connectivity will boost software performance, enhance navigation, and will also make streaming online music and videos swifter.
This latest deal will bring the highest network speeds to the newest vehicles with more advanced software requirements than analogue automobiles or cars of the past, as the automakers explore new technologies, like vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication (a feature that lets its cars communicate with a municipal traffic system to make intelligent predictions about traffic conditions), which might improve future driving quality and safety as well.
Wondering how cars communicate? Well, cars interact by sharing data wirelessly across an unlicensed spectrum known as the ‘Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) band, utilising a technology similar to Wi-Fi, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has kept a separate bandwidth in the 5.9GHz band exclusively for V2X communication.
Audi says it stands ready to “collaborate with state departments of transportation, infrastructure providers, and technology providers to develop direct cellular (C)-V2X communication that can protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, school children, road maintenance crews, and cyclists.”
General Motors teamed up with AT & T last year to equip its 2024 model year cars like Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC with 5G connectivity.