LOS ANGELES—The in-vehicle experience is poised for one of its biggest transformations to date, with the wider adoption of 5G technology.
Nearly every company tied to the automotive sector, from tech startups to staples such as Jeep, are preparing for high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency wireless tech to enhance in-vehicle experiences for both passengers and drivers.
"5G can be a key piece of technology ... to facilitate real-time 3D experiences more broadly and better meet the demands of the real-time economy," said Ed Martin, automotive lead at Unity, a San Francisco tech company that, working with a network of partners, has been at the forefront of developing 5G applications for the automotive sector.
"It will also speed up the entire product life cycle for OEMs ... and improve responsiveness for the numerous applications that demand real-time updates, including 3D maps, vehicle software updates and diagnostics and other augmented reality experiences amongst others," Martin said via email.
It is practically impossible to pinpoint every way that 5G is set to change the in-vehicle experience, given the wide scope of potential applications for the tech. But here are four major areas in which the high-speed wireless technology is likely to have the greatest impact.