23 Jul 21

5 trends to watch in 5G connected vehicles

In 2025 – just over three years away – there will be around 100 million connected cars in the world. To increased quantity, add increased quality – the global rollout of the high-performing 5G cellular network. Together, these trends will transform how we drive. In Automotive World, Claes Herlitz (VP and Head of Connected Vehicles at Ericsson) details five major trends.

Mobility is subject to multiple transformations at once. There is electrification, automation, the trend from ownership to usership, and finally, connectivity. 

Thanks to the increased capacity and reliability of 5G, 

  • connected cars will turn into smart devices on wheels, offering personalised assistance to the driver in terms of appointments, directions, congestion avoidance, entertainment,
  • fleet managers will get even better data to optimise the management of their assets.
  • the connected vehicle’s large ‘brains’ will be based in the cloud and will be able to interact with other vehicles and traffic infrastructure.

Mr. Herlitz quotes communication services provider Telstra, which says that once all cars are connected, the possibilities are “unlimited”.  Beyond the hyperbole, here are five trends to watch out for. 

1. Regular updates

Like your phone today, the connected vehicle tomorrow will get regular software updates over the air. And not just to patch problems, also to enhance security and add new functions.  

2. Data is king

Data insights and analytics are key to understanding customer needs and provide predictive maintenance. Capturing the value of this data is key to provide the right vehicle services, innovative applications, and customer experience. 

3. Seamless is key

5G can provide seamless connectivity, which is key to integrate the various ecosystems that meet in the connected car. 

4. Optimise, smartly

Smart data uploads and downloads provide excellent tools for cost control. By optimising time, type, and other transfer conditions, the data traffic – which will become huge – can be managed in a smart and cost-effective way. 

5. Drivers want premium

Drivers want the premium products and services that connectivity can provide. Doing so will create a market advantage. A recent Ericsson report shows car commuters are willing to pay extra for premium services such as driver assistance and safety features. 

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Authored by: Frank Jacobs