In order to implement the vision of the self-propelled car, Autobauer increasingly cooperates with tech companies. A newly established consortium of telecommunications, technology, and the auto manufacturer wants to drive the development of the necessary network infrastructure.
Take the hands of the steering wheel on the highway, drive through the roundabout with your eyes closed, or take a nap on the driver’s seat at the end of the day – autonomous cars are to make all this possible.
If it happens to some car manufacturers, then rather today than tomorrow. However, to make the dream of the self-propelled car come true, a mature infrastructure is essential for data exchange.
With a view to accelerating its expansion, a number of well-known companies from the telecommunications, engineering and automotive industries have now joined forces to form a new consortium.
The term “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” cooperating companies Ericsson, Toyota, Intel, Nippon Telegraph, NTT Docomo and Japanese auto parts maker Denso to create the conditions for smart driving and real-time maps.
For Intel and Ericsson, it is not the first effort in the field. Both companies have been cooperating for some time with Autobauer BMW: Intel to develop new vehicles together with the miners and Ericsson to test the 5G technology on highways, The new merger will ensure the smooth communication between autonomous cars and the cloud.
Companies expect data traffic to increase by tens of thousands of today’s levels by 2025 between cloud and vehicle. This requires a new infrastructure for data centers and networks.
The focus of the consortium is also the use of mobile devices in the vehicle. To this end, application examples are to be developed, and corresponding companies are to be brought in for their implementation. The formation of the new initiative again illustrates how the development of autonomous cars is increasingly unifying industries that have hardly touched each other before.
In addition to Intel, the chip maker Nvidia, which is mainly known for its graphics cards, has been actively involved in the realization of intelligent cars since the beginning of the year. The company cooperates with Audi, VW, Daimler, Bosch, and ZF to provide processors for artificial intelligence.
The efforts of the “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” are to show first results in the coming months. The consortium has not yet submitted a precise timetable for the planned network expansion.