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Nokia and SoftBank finish tests for 5G connected car technology
5G improves mobile connection speeds, latency, and bandwidth.
Nokia and Softbank have come together and now claim they have finished demonstration tests of non-standalone 5G to operate connected vehicles.
Nokia, a communications and mobile technology based out of Finland, is attempting to put 5G accessible connect cars into the marketplace which has a projected market value of $225 billion by 2025.
The company believes that 5G will be able to improve speeds that are needed for vehicles to share information with one another over networks. 5G also comes with lower latency and more bandwidth which would help both connected car and self-driving technologies.
This recent test used Nokia's end-to-end 5G technology and SoftBank used non-standalone 5G networks that were created and developed by Honda specifically for connected car use. The test was also the first part of Nokia's 3GPP release using commercially viable 256QAM modulation and 4x4 MIMO radio equipment.
SoftBank tested four different use cases which included location information sharing to nearby vehicles in poor conditions, recognizing and sharing objects in the road, and sharing 4K video and images taken from in-car cameras.
“These trials demonstrate that 5G technology can be successfully, safely and efficiently utilised in the connected car market,” said John Harrington, head of Nokia Japan, commenting on the trial. “We look forward to further develop research in this exciting space and bring 5G-connected mobility solutions to the roads.”
These tests end as autonomous technology within cars is at a crossroads. Despite bold promises, consumers are still waiting for major manufacturers to deliver self-driving vehicles. Even with caution, a recent report from Statista believes that 10% of cars around the world will be autonomous by 2030 and the market will be valued at around $13.7 billion.
Statista also stated that market growth will depend on consumer adoption and the ability of manufacturers to meet sudden demands. It also said that consumers are worried about outside interference with the car's technology with around 80% of consumers not trusting autonomous car security and 70% believe self-driving cars aren't safe from hackers.