HARMAN with FCA recently demonstrated its Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), with a C-V2X capable Maserati Levante and Quattroporte in Turin at the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), an annual event.
These vehicles anonymously communicated information like location and intended direction via a direct radio link (network-less radio link). In addition, the vehicles were able to detect possible frontal collisions and warn the driver fast enough for a safe reaction, all while providing assistance at cross junctions to avoid lateral collisions from an approaching vehicle.
“The coming of 5G equates to a significant generational shift in network connectivity as 4G simply won’t be able to handle the increased data,” said Vishnu Sundaram, Vice President of the Telematics Business Unit and 5GAA Board Member. “HARMAN is using 5G to aid in creating flexible, innovative and personalized experiences within the vehicle to truly maximize its experience-per-mile (EPM) rating.”
Analysts are forecasting that 250 million connected cars will be on the road as early as 2020. At the same time, the magnitude of data transfers between these cars and their environment will only continue to grow. The automotive industry is at a tipping point where the car will no longer be seen as a siloed machine, but as a daily device in the same vein as a smartphone.
According to Harman, soon enough, vehicles will become “connected information hubs,” with the ability to communicate with other cars and its surroundings. Delivering alerts to drivers and other vehicles as quickly as possible and taking advantage of automated safety features such as Forward Collision Warnings and Intersection Movement Assist will be necessary to ultimately make roadways safer and more convenient for everyone.
The company said in a release that the emphasis on vehicle safety will continue to remain a top priority, and it will continue working closely with OEM partners to boost and innovate ADAS features by tapping into existing and up-and-coming networks, including 5G.
Source: Press Release