“The next generation vehicles will be like smartphones on the wheels” this line has been repeated number of times by different authors, speakers and tech enthusiasts at different platforms. This is not just a coincidence that the companies that have been leaders in mobile innovation are coming together to develop solutions for next-generation connected cars. Recently, LG Electronics (LG) and Qualcomm, both pioneers in smartphone industry, have announced that they will jointly develop a range of next-generation connected car solutions and will also establish a joint research center in South Korea to develop 5G for vehicle and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technologies essential to the success of next-generation autonomous vehicles.
5G is considered to be vital to the deployment of a fully connected car platform, with connection speeds of up to 5 times faster with 10 times lower latency than the fastest LTE technology, 5G will deliver data at the speeds necessary in a real-life driving situation. C-V2X, which is included in 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project)delivers double the operation time at a lower cost than DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) over existing mobile communication networks. In parts of Europe and Asia, field tests and standardization activities are already being conducted with rollout by 2020 in mind.
LG Electronics has been active in telematics market since 2013 and Qualcomm with the acquisition of NXP last year has emerged as an important player in the automotive semiconductor industry. The collaboration will be based out of LG Electronics’ Science Park in Seoul. The two companies will begin working together effective immediately. The companies earlier this year had announced that they are coordinating their efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles.
We are witnessing several South Korean companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai etc are making efforts to cement their place in this emerging automotive ecosystem. We had also reported how Korean telcos through partnerships with different OEMs are eyeing connected cars market. KEIT a few months back had urged the automotive industry in the country to step up its efforts to develop connected car technology and its standardization in order to not lag behind the global competition in the fast-growing industry.