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LG and Qualcomm to develop next-generation connected car technologies

By John Law & Ng Chong Seng - on 20 Oct 2017, 2:15pm

LG and Qualcomm to develop next-generation connected car technologies

LG Electronics has announced that it’s partnering up with Qualcomm to develop a range of next-gen connected car solutions. The two companies will also establish a joint research center in South Korea to develop 5G for vehicle and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technologies essential to the success of next-generation autonomous vehicles.

For some background, 5G is able to realize up to 5 times the speed of today’s fastest LTE technology, yet with 10 times lower latency. This has far-reaching implications for any company interested in developing truly connected cars and driverless vehicles.

C-V2X, in broad strokes, is used for connecting a vehicle to everything (hence the name), be it other vehicles on the road, pedestrians, traffic infrastructure, or the network. As you can imagine, this is a crucial component for enabling safe autonomous driving.

Part of 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) Release 14, C-V2X delivers double the operation time at a lower cost than DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) over existing mobile communication networks. In parts of Europe and Asia, field tests and standardization activities are already being conducted with rollout by 2020 in mind.

Both LG and Qualcomm has been actively developing V2X systems, and the latter already has a commercial solution in the form of the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset.