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Vehicle Communication

(The University of Chicago - Alvin Wei-Cheng Wong)

Mobile 5G and IoT Technologies Are Driving 

the Connected Smart Vehicle Industry


- Connected and Automated Vehicles

A connected vehicle is a car or truck that can "talk" to other vehicles. A self-driving vehicle is a car or truck that can be driven without a human operator. Put them together and you have a connected, automated vehicle. 

The term can encompass many different levels of technology and functionality, but no matter what happens, we need to be prepared.


- Internet of Vehicles (IoV) Will Surge in the Coming Years

Wireless 5G networks will provide another layer of safety for autonomous drivers. While the car's sensors will be responsible for seeing if an oncoming vehicle is approaching, the 5G network will look more broadly to determine if the car may be blocking the road beyond the bend ahead. Additionally, vehicle-to-vehicle communications will enhance maps, traffic and safety information. 

Connected vehicles will proliferate in the next few years as drivers will no longer be constrained to driving their cars and 5G wireless can be used to support in-car teleconferencing and other forms of productivity and infotainment.


- IoT Connected Vehicles

Mobile 5G and IoT technologies are driving the connected smart car industry. With approximately 14 million semi- or fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) expected to be on U.S. roads by 2025, connecting vehicles to the Internet is a growing trend and a significant business opportunity. But it's not just in-vehicle Wi-Fi, public transportation, like buses and trains, will also be transformed by IoT.

Automakers are ramping up efforts to connect cars for a number of reasons. First, internet connectivity in vehicles allows car companies to release software updates in real time, which is extremely important during recalls. Second, car companies can use data from the car to analyze its performance and gain valuable data on how drivers use the car. Finally, more connectivity gives automakers more ways to cross-sell products and services to customers.


- Today's Connected Smart Cars

Over the past few years, connected cars have exploded thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, automakers connect their vehicles in two ways: embedded and tethered. Embedded cars use built-in antennas and chipsets, while tethered connections use hardware to allow drivers to connect to the car via a smartphone. 

Application integrations are becoming commonplace in today's vehicles. Additionally, application integrations are becoming commonplace in today's vehicles. For example, other navigation tools such as Google Maps and Waze have begun to replace built-in GPS systems.


- The Future of the IoT in Transportation

Self-driving features and a digital in-car experience will soon no longer be a “special perk” for automakers—they will become a necessity. Autonomous driving technology will be the biggest opportunity created by artificial intelligence in transportation.



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