Even though Huawei’s international relations are murky due to US security accusations, the company is still introducing their next communication and artificial intelligence features that several companies from across the planet will be interested in. One of those latest tools is called the Mobile Automation Engine, which is designed to speed up self-driving by utilizing cell phone networks.
The idea behind MAE is to help the automotive and mobile network industries use AI to deliver increased vehicle automation in specific scenarios, ramping up on a scenario-by-scenario basis as AI becomes more capable. Huawei expects that AI will grow in capability during the late 4G and early-to-mid 5G eras, with fully driverless cars becoming available in 10 years or so, likely in the 2030s.
MAE theorizes that cellular networks will evolve to handle various vehicle scenarios, add AI to manage multiple-vehicle scenarios, and introduce a closed-loop “autonomy by layer” system to make collaboration efficient. Once MAE is coordinating vehicles, customers will only need to focus on intentions — “I want to go to the store” — and policies, such as “take the most scenic route.”
While MAE is currently a theoretical framework for making fully autonomous vehicles a reality, Huawei says it attracted wide participation from operators, associations, and analyst organizations, notably including global wireless standards groups GSMA and GTI.
In a concrete example of wireless vehicle coordination, Huawei also partnered with Jaguar Land Rover and Vodafone to demonstrate a Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) car communications system, compliant with the international 3GPP Release 14 standard. C-V2X units developed by Huawei were placed inside a Jaguar F-PACE and a Land Rover Discovery, adding support for car-to-car PC5 (short-range) and Vodafone Uu (long-range) mobile communications.
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