Published on August 6th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Audi JV’s With Huawei On 5G Ready Cars

Audi plans to launch 5G-connected cars by 2020 and they will be in a joint venture with Chinese tech giant Huawei, allowing vehicle-to-X (V2X) communications for safer, semi-autonomous driving.

While the alliance was formed in 2016, new details offer insight into how the technology will work when it launches in the next two years. The set-up will precede fully autonomous driving, offering “additional help” to make city driving safer and more efficient.

By reading current traffic conditions, your car will be able to communicate with traffic lights, cameras and road signs, to best direct you to your chosen destination.

The systems will be launched first in China, before being rolled out later across Europe and the US. The V2X tech is being trialed in Jiangsu Province in eastern China, but by 2020 bosses want 90% of the country’s cities and highways covered.

A Huawei spokesperson said: “This is not one car. It’s a community. It allows communication with people, facilities and cars. V2X can read crossings and [traffic] lights, slowing your car progressively,” they said. “You can get additional help to adjust speeds for red lights. It will offer assisted driving.”

The technology will force the adaptation of existing roads, too, with new construction in nine Chinese provinces already meeting revised legislation for intelligent highways.

No timeframe was given to when the systems may launch in Europe, although our Huawei spokesperson suggested the company would focus on urban parking solutions to begin with.

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