Qualcomm and LG in 5G communication deal for vehicles

Qualcomm for mobile connectivityChipset major Qualcomm Technologies and LG Electronics will conduct testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles.

Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to conduct trials of these wireless technologies during the first half of 2018.

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LG is developing automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform, which features support for Gigabit LTE speeds using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.

Complemented by Qualcomm’s QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution, the connected car platform also supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.

“The wireless capabilities of 5G and C-V2X will usher in new use cases necessary to fulfill our vision for increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles,” said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president, VC Smart Business Unit, LG Electronics.

C-V2X technology is one of the main features for autonomous driving solutions. C-V2X complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle’s surroundings, even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios.

C-V2X is designed to allow for situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using direct communications in the 5.9GHz ITS band with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians’ devices, as well as network-based communications to cloud services using commercial cellular bands.

C-V2X is designed to deliver enhanced V2X direct communication range, reliability, latency and better NLOS performance.

“C-V2X and its evolution to 5G can help the car discover what is around corners, detecting a pedestrian’s smartphone or a car approaching an intersection even when the object is obstructed by buildings or large vehicles,” said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm and LG have already shipped more than 25 million units of telematics and infotainment systems to carmakers throughout all key automotive regions.