Intel has always been an innovative company which has been working with the industry leaders to transform ideas into reality. It has been working for many years with various OEMs, standard bodies, Independent Software Vendors, data center and cloud to the edge to achieve various objectives. Now with the advent of 5G, Intel has a keen interest in the emerging network technology and how it will empower connected vehicles and augment autonomous driving applications.
Even though 5G has not been released commercially it has a huge business and social potential. According to Ovum a research firm there will be 24 million 5G subscribers for wireless service. The various technologies like connected vehicles (CV) and augment autonomous driving (AD) applications can help reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and provide value-added experience to users.
According to studies conducted by advanced driver assistance system (ADAS)suggest technologies like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping support and traffic sign recognition will help reduce accidents by 30%. Intel recently acquired Mobileye technology and has already implemented it in over 24 million vehicles.
Intel predicts there will be an increase of 7 million US dollar from the passenger economy with the development in augmenting autonomous driving (AD) applications. As passenger will turn riders and there will so many AD applications developed it will enhance the entertainment experience in the car, as well as create a massive job market created as part of this passenger economy. Imagine having a restaurant that drives around with people in the car, it’s just one of the many possibilities.
Intel’s Patricia Robb, head of Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center, recently in an Intel-sponsored webinar said –
“We did a study that shows drivers spend 300 hours a year behind the wheel and 5G offers entertainment opportunities to optimize that time as we transition from drivers to riders”
Intel is actively involved in developing standards for 5G. It has previously also been involved with various standards bodies like 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), and the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium(AECC). Apart from Intel is also actively involved in prototyping and ecosystem development. In a move to accelerate the AD market Intel is building a fleet of autonomous vehicles, at its Silicon Valley Innovation Center.
Some other products Intel has worked on include:
- Wind River® Helix™ CarSync – an intelligent, over-the-air (OTA) update management package.
- Intel® Go™ 5G Automotive Platform – which provides gigabit speed connectivity between vehicles and mobile networks.
- Intel® Network Edge Virtualization – (NEV) SDK, a network function virtualization (NFV) platform targeted for mobile edge computing (MEC) application and services</span
- Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions Platform – an application-ready in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform.
Intel has understood CV will use a combination of 5G, Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), millimeter wave (mmWave), and sub-6 GHz technologies and is, therefore, collaborating with the right people. This will ensure that whatever spectrum becomes available, everyone will be able to participate. Already Intel is developing a prototype to facilitate spectrum sharing and enable the network infrastructure technology to meet business needs.
Intel is also involved to develop the vehicle to anything V2X applications for traffic management and participating technology trails are already in progress all over the world to evaluate various bandwidths and use as case studies for smart cities and smart parking project.
Certainly, 5G seems to be a game changer in the near future. Please leave your comments below.