Volvo and China Unicom collaborate on 5G tech development

Volvo Cars and telecom provider China Unicom are collaborating on using 5G mobile network technology for communication between cars and infrastructure in China. The companies have agreed to work together in researching, developing and testing automotive applications of 5G and emerging vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

5G is much faster, has a higher data capacity, and offers quicker response times than its 4G predecessor and as more data can be transferred to and from cars more quickly and with less latency, more applications for cars become possible.

Volvo Cars and China Unicom say they are investigating a range of different applications of 5G technology, identifying potential improvements in areas such as safety, sustainability, customer convenience and autonomous driving.

“Volvo has been a leader in realising the potential of connecting our cars to enable new features and services such as detecting and sharing locations of slippery roads between vehicles,” said Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “With 5G, the network performance is improving to allow for many more real-time critical services that can help the driver be safer and get a smoother and more enjoyable ride. We look forward to collaborating with China Unicom on developing those services for the Chinese market.”

China is currently rolling out 5G across major cities with the support of China Unicom and others. Like most regions, China is also widely expected to implement its own regional standards for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies.

Volvo Cars’ says its collaboration with China Unicom helps it to be suitably prepared for local requirements and create a strong presence in V2X in its biggest market. Volvo Cars plans to introduce 5G connectivity as part of the next generation of Volvos.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Feb 2020)

9 Feb 2020