The Mobile World Congress (MWC) once again becomes a showcase for the connected car, which serves the automotive sector to make luxury and telecommunications display the strength of its networks and chips, but now with an eye on the opportunities of the 5G.
The presence of prototypes of connected vehicles based on the 5G has been generalized in this latest edition of the main global event of mobile telephony and can be seen in exhibitors of firms such as Qualcomm, ATT, Intel or Latvian operator Latvian Mobile Telephone, in addition to in a car manufacturer like Seat.
This cohabitation between mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and automobiles is a reflection of a future in which more and more all objects will be connected and interrelated taking advantage of the new opportunities offered by 5G technology, in addition to Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
"At Seat we want to be leaders in connected cars and that's why we are the first European brand that integrates Alexa, the voice assistant from Amazon, and the first in the world to do it with Shazam, the song recognition service," he told Efe. responsible for the development of the connected car of the brand, Leyre Olavarria.
The brand shows its own connected car proposal in an own stand, with applications that improve the entertainment experience such as Alexa, which allows receiving the weather forecast, ordering the purchase or turning off the home lights from the car.
In addition, the company exhibits its Cristobal prototype, which incorporates all security applications such as facial recognition to know if the driver is too tired to continue on the road or a breathalyzer test that, if not passed satisfactorily, does not allow the driver to start car.
BMW has also done in the Mobile a demonstration of the solution developed by the company G + D Mobile Security, in collaboration also with Intel, Deutsche Telekom and AT & T, which allows users to use the car as a mobile device.
By making use of the user's mobile data plans, the solution allows receiving and making telephone calls and accessing their usual number, as well as accessing information services from the car's information and entertainment system.
The manufacturer of mobile devices Huawei shows these days how it uses a 'smartphone' with artificial intelligence to drive a vehicle.
Thus, he has transformed a Porsche Panamera into a vehicle without a driver that detects and understands the stimuli it receives around it, distinguishing between 1,000 different objects, such as a cat, a dog, a ball or a bicycle, and that has the capacity to learn and decide thus the best action for each circumstance.
Olavarría is clear that the future of the automotive industry passes through cars "one hundred percent connected and intelligent", so the development of 5G technology and Artificial Intelligence is crucial.
The 5G technology promises to guarantee the speed and reliability of the communication and to make possible the connection of millions of elements - from car to car and from the car to the infrastructures - in a completely secure environment.
For its part, Artificial Intelligence will help predict driving and thus make it possible, when entering the car, that the car set the temperature to the desired level and that the preferred music sounds, as well as being able to send a notice to the office if the traffic makes it impossible to arrive on time.
"We are working to build that future but we really do not know when it will be a reality, it will go little by little, 5G depends on the available networks and we do not even have a closed standard," he said.
The director of Ficosa's advanced communications business unit, Joan Palacín, a pioneer in connectivity systems, was more optimistic and predicted that between 65 and 70% of the cars will have basic connectivity services in 2020 and that the 5G will arrive at the vehicle between 2021 and 2022, although it will take a few years to generalize due to complexity and price.
In statements to Efe, he stressed that "most manufacturers already want the 5G, and they want it already in production by 2021 and 2022, so we have to begin to specify, although this technology has not yet been started".
"Everybody wants to have a car connected, it's no longer possible to step back," Palacín said.
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