Today, all vehicle manufacturers offer cellular connectivity in their vehicles, either as standard equipment or as an option.
Safety applications for vehicles, such as emergency call (eCall), are increasing as is the ability to connect to Internet information and entertainment.
Communication between vehicles, to and from roadside infrastructure is also on the rise. But what will be the future evolution of transport as 5G is rolled out?
Participants at the ITU/UNECE Future Networked Car Symposium which took place on 6 March 2020 at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, debated this and a range of other issues during four discussion sessions held throughout the day.
Let’s not wait for the technology
Niels Peter Skov Andersen, Chair of the ETSI Technical Committee for Intelligent Transport Systems, urged participants not to wait for tomorrow, but to use what is available now, to save lives. “Let’s deploy what technology we have today, and upgrade it later when the new technology comes along,” said Andersen.
“Some services can accommodate 2G, some services require 3G, some 4G and some might require 5G. If we wait, we will be waiting 10-15 years, and we won’t be able to use the technology that we have available,” he said.
Collaboration is key
The importance of collaboration and sharing information was widely echoed by several participants in the discussion.
According to Eduardo Valencia of AMETIC and Director of the #VEHICLES7YFN think tank, the implementation of a future mobility model for Europe that meets sustainability requirements would only be possible if all actors operating in urban or inter-urban ecosystems were to collaborate.
For Remi Bastien of French carmaker, Renault, the key to the success of 5G would be more and more cooperation between different sectors.
Credits: ITU News Magazine