21 January 2020
The 5G tech is here, even with some real-world applications and many more yet to join the large very large bandwagon. We have seen 5G smartphones, its usage in IoT and now we will soon see it making its way to automobiles industry as well.
The next new wireless technology is about connectivity; how fast it can connect you with the world and at what speed. So, the applications that require great connectivity are making use of 5G and automobiles is one such sector that would utilize the tech to offer a great entertainment experience to its users.
At CES 2020, BMW announced that is planning to offer 5G connectivity in a series-produced model. This would make the company the first luxury automaker to bring autonomous technology to the masses. BMW made the announcement jointly with Samsung and its subsidiary Harman at the CES 2020 where it shed more light on the effort.
Automobile manufacturers already offer a vast pool of in-car entertainment in partnership with the equipment and content providers. But the 5G will unlock more possibilities inside the car and one would be able to experience in-car gaming, virtual reality experiences, and movie streaming at resolutions of up to 4K.
The first 5G-capable model from BMW is going to be the iNext concept which will be introduced in 2021. Also, steadily the 5G connectivity will land to the company’s entire portfolio of models during the early 2020s. But the integration will vary depending on the model and the region it’s built for.
The 5G-compatible cars will depend on a built-in SIM card. So, this wouldn’t require a 5G-capable smartphone to get connected.
Samsung is helping in developing 5G components for automotive use and the automaker’s engineers will take care of further integration. The overall integration is going to cost extra but then considering that the users will already be the owners of such luxury cars, the experience inside the car should be amazing as well.
At the same event, Amazon also announced it is expanding the Fire TV use to cars and to start with BMW and Fiat Chrysler vehicles will utilize the tech. This doesn’t change the in-car entertainment system anyway but more and more content providers are coming with their original content. And, the streaming in 4K would require 5G. These services may come as subscription-based so it may cost hefty.