As communication and connectivity is becoming a critical element for cars, next generation technology such as 5G will become an integral part of a transformation in the automotive industry, specifically as it moves to connected cars, which is changing the way automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) design and build their vehicles for a better tomorrow.
And one of the key enablers of this transformation is the growing trend of software-defined application that can power vehicles, where a growing part of a vehicle’s feature set is implemented with the help of software that may be updated or upgraded over a cloud enabled network.
This radical shift in the way cars deliver unique experience – allows automotive OEMs to complement their legacy business models like subscription-based or on-demand “as-a-service” capabilities. The 5G driven connected car also gives these OEMs a unique ability to improve safety and also enable their customers to considerable elevate their in-car experience. And Toyota Voxy is an exceptional car – delivering great customer experience.
Next Gen 5G for Vehicle Production
Next generation ready 5G technology is already powering a lot of vehicle manufacturing for a lot of global organizations such as BMW or Toyota. Seamless connectivity is enabling services such as Automated Factory Parking (AFP), wherein remotely controlled vehicles are automatically moved across production areas and logistics hubs. In this context, private 5G networks offer the opportunity to tailor connectivity capabilities for highly customized, on-premise demand.
Innovations in Telematics
With next generation technologies working together in cars – the availability of vehicle telematics data from the fleet on the street has become an important element for automotive OEMs. Innovations in telematics enables OEMs to monitor the performance of their fleet and, if necessary, dispatch predictive maintenance and updates, in a timely fashion – this capability is greatly benefiting for both customers as well as automotive OEMs.
This timely availability of vehicle data can be used for analytics and also help in delivery of innovative services from the automotive OEM side to their customers, which can result in additional revenue streams and a more personalized customer experience. All this can further increase customer bonding for the global OEMs.
And most importantly, this central collection of detailed vehicle data will also be key for real-time verification and re-training of machine learning algorithms that can become the basis for enabling Autonomous Driving (AD), as well as potentially sharing across the smart city ecosystem and bring upon digital transformation for automotive segment.
As far as the automotive industry is concerned, early adoption of 5G connectivity can help to deliver great user experience a well as ensure greater level of safety for customers.
And moving forward, a smart geographically distributed deployment of cloud driven network infrastructure may also help relieve data costs, especially for use cases where data is produced and consumed locally, or where high levels of aggregation can occur before data is forwarded to more central cloud resources on global scale.
Cloud Technologies, Connecting Cars
Next generation cloud infrastructure can also create opportunity to offload some of the computing from the vehicle, and help to increase efficiency and future-proofing while keeping hardware costs low.
Global telecom networks are already offering these capabilities thanks to the seamless integration of 4G and 5G communications standards.
And with the help of innovative network features such as carrier aggregation – networks can utilize migration of spectrum from legacy standards towards 5G, as well as integrated features such as QoS, network slicing, dynamic policies and edge cloud. All this can help towards reinventing cars in an innovative and different way.