Here, the company behind Here Maps and LG have signed a partnership agreement. Together, they combine LG's telematics technology with Here's mapping data from its Open Location Platform to create a hub for secure data communications for self-driving cars.
Future self-driving cars will be fitted with sensors for advanced driver-assistance systems; cameras; radar and lidar (which measures distance) which will be able to recognize road signs, speed limits, lane markings, and more; and will feature Here's HD Live Map cloud-based map service.
The cloud will gather information, along with data collected from nearby vehicles via V2X (standing for vehicle-to-everything). All information will be run through the telematics system on the car to provide custom driving information where it will be analyzed.
The technologies for the cars to communicate all this information, supporting GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth will be provided by LG. Their engineers will work on implementing 5G data transmission. That will allow for up to 90% faster data transmission than the original 4G LTE. It will also provide a significant reduction in lag which will be essential for these self-driving cars to navigate roads safely.
Though it's not clear which cars will be getting this new technology, but Here was bought by a consortium made up of BMW, Daimler, and Audi. Expect German cars to be leading the way in autonomous vehicles.