General Motors and AT&T will bring 5G connectivity to “millions” of vehicles over the next decade. Improved connectivity means better software performance, better navigation, and faster music and video streaming capabilities, company officials said.
From 2024, all Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles will be equipped with 5G. In addition, all of GM’s current model year 2019 and newer vehicles equipped with 4G LTE will experience “faster connection speeds and many of the same performance benefits for future 5G-equipped vehicles” thanks to GM’s fifth-generation mobile network architecture.
In other words, cars manufactured in 2019 and beyond have improved data transfer speed and software performance, as well as shorter transmission delays, thanks to a new effort by GM and AT&T. But it depends on when AT & T’s network is ready to receive millions of new customers.
Named because it is a Fifth Generation mobile phone technology, 5G may be 100 times faster than 4G LTE, but for many smartphone owners, it has been a mixed bag. Building the infrastructure will take longer than originally expected, and most smartphones that claim to use 5G are no faster than 4G.
Therefore, GM and AT&T are waiting until 2024 before introducing new 5G vehicles. “It really isn’t a function of what vehicles are missing,” said Thomas DeMaria, GM’s 5G connection manager. “It’s more about the maturity of 5G technology and also 5G readiness.”
GM’s 4G LTE-compliant vehicles, starting in model year 2019, will move to drive over AT & T’s new 5G core infrastructure. According to the automaker, this is in line with GM’s 5G deployment timing, starting in model year 2024. “As new network infrastructure is built over the next few years, we will test and learn to see if these improvements can be implemented faster,” a GM spokesman said.
In addition to better data rates, customers can also expect better security when they use their cars for calls.
“What 5G enables is 4G LTE, number one, it meets common 5G standards that are much higher than 4G LTE,” Gregory Wieboldt, AT & T’s director of global business and industrial solutions, told reporters. “And it offers more privacy for identity and stronger encryption for your calls and data because it runs on a smarter web software platform.”
Self-propelled cars are often considered the ultimate application of 5G. For example, the low latency of the 5G can help provide safety information to autonomous vehicle AI before it is even visible to the driver. But at least in the United States our networks have not yet reached the limit make it true. GM and AT&T underestimated the importance of the introduction of 5G for stand-alone vehicles at this time.
“The network of vehicle systems is relying more and more on what I would call adding data,” DeMaria said. “So standalone functions, ADAS [advanced driver assist systems] functions and other related services, including navigation systems, increasingly rely on additional information from the network. So we will continue to see this trend. “