5G Service is Coming to More Cars. What Can Drivers Expect – and When?

We live in a world where technology rules. From smartphones to cars, tech is everywhere, and it’s advancing with time. One of the most advanced technologies that have recently drawn attention is the 5G service and its introduction in the automobile industry. If you are also curious about it, read on to know how the 5G service is coming to more cars, what drivers can expect, and when.

Everything You Need to Know About 5G

Before we proceed, we would like you to know key facts about 5G so that you can understand it better and maybe appreciate it more.

Ø  5G is Quite Fast

5G technology is about 100 times faster than 4G. So, any piece of data you download from 4G can be downloaded 100 times over a 5G network. This speed is vital for a connected car because much data would need to be shared. According to Dr. Joy Laskar, CTO of Maja Systems, future autonomous cars will generate nearly two petabits of data, around 2 million gigabits. “With an advanced Wi-Fi connection, it will take 230 days to transfer a week-worth of data from a self-driving car,” Laskar said. With 5G, that time will go to just two days, from 230 days.

Ø  Lower latency

5G also means low latency as in a matter of milliseconds. For those unaware, latency is the time it takes to send information from one point to another. The 4G network has a latency of 20 milliseconds, while the 5G network has a latency of just 1-5. This is wonderful for humans whose reaction speed is more than 200 milliseconds (as it leads to accidents every day.) With 5G, those accidents might be avoided.

Ø  Increased Reliability

5G technology is also a safe bet for the future where autonomous cars might be allowed in dense urban and high-speed scenarios. 5G cellular technology is designed for ultra-reliable communication with low latency to enable complex machine-centric use cases. The day humans have a fully autonomous transport eco-system, 5G will play a key role in maximizing safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

Ø  Manufacturing Made Simpler

5G can also make car manufacturing easier thanks to secure and almost real-time connectivity, resulting in transformative productivity, speed, and efficiency improvements.

When to Expect 5G in Cars? It’s Already Here!

5G cars are not the future; it is already here. A few weeks back, BMW launched the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50, the first 5G-equipped car powered by T-Mobile’s new Magenta Drive service. The service will cost $20/month and provide high-speed connectivity to the car for call and data services. It also powers an internal Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices in and around the car.

The Limitation

The 5G technology will not enable autonomous driving features as of now. At this time, it is not safe or practical to expect a cellular connection to control car operation regularly, no matter how good car manufacturers or wireless carriers are.





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