Connected cars is becoming more of a vital part of the vehicle the technology to keep these cars connected is pushing towards 5G. This new mobile technology hopes make commerce more possible within cars as the new data connection rolls out. However it isn't a clear path to connectivity before everyone is hooked up with 5G.
The first is just making the technology work well enough to provide reliable support to connected cars and trucks. Mobile network operators have started the hard work of 5G deployments but there is still a ways to go.
A recent example of that came from Verizon, which in April activated its 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis, two big Midwestern cities that also serve as tech hubs for that region. According to a report from CNBC, early tests of that network didn’t turn out so well, with speeds not at a 5G level yet, along with other problems. That said, “networks take time to build,” the report noted, adding that “4G LTE rolled out over a couple of years and people experienced similar issues when it was new.”
Another potential problem — though one that seems on the path to being solved in favor of 5G — is the push by some organizations to use older Wi-Fi standards for the emerging ecosystem for connected vehicles. The debate has mainly played out in Europe. There, according to a report, the European Parliament recently “voted for the Wi-Fi standard in a plenary session. The European Commission sided with Volkswagen and its WiFi standard, dealing a serious blow to BMW, Qualcomm, and others endorsing 5G technology. Renault, Toyota, NXP, Autotalks, and Kapsch TrafficCom all support WiFi as the standard for connected cars while Daimler, Ford, PSA Group, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung have all backed 5G.”
Read more here