Volkswagen just recently announced that it will not just develop cutting-edge drive-train tech for its new fleet of electric vehicles, but also will be equipped with the latest in the communications system, too. The automaker plans to install its electric cars in the future with the next-generation 5G mobile connectivity. The plan is to bring greater bandwidth that will let the automaker create vehicle-to-everything communications making driving safer.
The automaker built their first EV, a compact-sized hatchback that was based on the I.D. concept revealed at the Paris auto show in October, which will launch in 2020. In addition, an SUV will be following after and a microbus MPV in 2022.
The company's goal is to make future autonomous driving systems to work safely. It sees the demand for the vehicle to provide data and to receive more information from other connected devices. The vehicle will be equipped with an onboard sensor that could tell the piloted system about hazards in the car's vicinity, and the 5G connection would collect details being transmitted from other traffic. By these concepts, the VW model's will definitely have a better view of the situation on any road.
On the other hand, Volkswagen will be working with the computer chip maker Qualcomm. The partnership will develop an outstanding result since Audi is also working with the tech company, together with BMW and Mercedez-Benz to develop a standard for 5G connectivity.
Company's head of electronics development, Volkmar Tanneberger, said at this month's CES technology trade show: "All future solutions for individual mobility rely on the ability to handle large amounts of data inside and outside the car, 5G is the key enabling technology to accommodate big data, enhance the user experience and transform the transportation system as a whole."
Furthermore, it appears that the next frontier for the car industry would be the vehicle-to-vehicle and different types of automotive communications. United States Department of Transportation is now suggesting a V2V standard that is capable of communicating with other traffic up to 984 feet. The agency stated that the new tech could save around 1,000 lives a year and add $350 to the total cost of a brand new car.
Volkswagen also confirmed that it will soon offer brand new online connectivity unit that will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 Modem. This will enable mobile communications to use 4G's LTE standard with date rates up to 600 Mbps for download speeds. The automaker's goal is launch over 30 EVs by 2025.