Qualcomm and LG partner to bring 5G to vehicles
The two entities will work together to introduce automation and wireless technologies to the automotive sector.
Qualcomm Technologies, the subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has entered into a partnership with LG Electronics aimed at introducing 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles.
The two entities are expected to unveil their next-generation wireless technology developments in the first half of 2018.
As part of the partnership, LG has focused on developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform. Qualcomm’s platform supports Gigabit LTE speeds through its Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and is further bolstered by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution.
Additionally, the connected platform supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.
Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president, VC Smart Business Unit, LG Electronics, said: "The advanced wireless capabilities of 5G and C-V2X will usher in new use cases necessary to fulfil our vision for increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles.”
He added: "As a leading inventor of 5G technologies and our key modem provider for telematics, Qualcomm Technologies is the company of choice for bringing the next-generation wireless solutions that leading automakers need and expect."
Commenting on the partnership, Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, shared: "Wireless communications provide the vehicle with data that truly complements what other sensors deliver. For instance, 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 other large vehicles.
"Building on our successful collaboration on telematics and infotainment systems, which have resulted in more than 25 million cumulative units shipped to date for carmakers throughout all key automotive regions, we are pleased to expand our relationship with LG in ushering in both C-V2X and 5G technologies in future vehicles."