BMW recently confirmed at CES 2020 that its large electric car plan BMW iNEXT will integrate 5G so that the EV can achieve self-driving features by using high-speed connectivity,media reported. It is reported that this all-electric cross-border SUV is expected to wait until 2021 to market. It will be the second car to use BMW’s fifth-generation electric vehicle platform, including the latest eDrive electric motor technology. Increased efficiency and more compact design by bundling motors, system electronics and transmissions together.
This year, however, CES is focused on connectivity rather than car speed. Naturally, 5G is an unacosted topic, and it is understood that one of the selling points of the network technology is that it will benefit the network generation of vehicles by utilizing high-speed data rates and low latency to achieve vehicle-to-car and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and other functions. BMW plans to use these features on iNEXT, while it will also use 5G to improve in-car entertainment.
5G for the development of self-driving technology
BMW has confirmed that iNEXT will feature more than level 3 self-driving features and will also be equipped with driver assistance and other technologies. BMW will rely on cellular networks because self-driving cars will not operate alone, but will need to communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure around them. But to be successful, it requires very low latency, very high network coverage, and a minimum data rate that is quantified.
The company is currently working with Harman Samsung to develop a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for the geolocation of vehicles. BMW has promised to open anonymous safety-related traffic data to non-commercial use. This will depend on the C-V2X network
Even if the car doesn’t drive autonomously, the C-V2X shares data very useful. The current vehicle-to-car system typically uses relatively short-range direct wireless, which can notify nearby compatible vehicles, but does not have a broader road tracking architecture. With the C-V2X, as BMW and others envision, other cars, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians on the road can use the 5G network to get a more complete picture of what’s happening in real time.
5G for in-car entertainment
In addition to the self-driving applications described above, 5G can also be fun in the automotive world, with BMW considering how to apply the next generation of networks to in-car entertainment and improve car comfort. One possibility is to transfer 4K video to an on-board display, and BMW is considering video conferencing outside of the integrated film and television.
Streaming gaming services will also be a hot spot.
BMW believes it will probably eventually become the first high-end carmaker to offer 5G in a production car. While the company didn’t say whether 5G would become the standard feature of iNEXT, it looks like it should be moving in that direction.