Your next car could be equipped with multi-gigabit Wi-Fi. Qualcomm is testing the service with Mercedes AMG Formula 1 racecars. The first test will take place at the British Grand Prix in July.
Sensor data from the racecar will be transmitted over the 5GHz 802.11ac channel and multi-gigabit 802.11ad channel. This takes place over the millimeter-wave 60GHz spectrum band. Both channels are supported by the Qualcomm QCA9500 chip and Snapdragon 820 processor. It has 128 GB of universal flash storage memory.
In-garage testing produced a download speed of 2Gbps. At this speed, content-rich applications could be downloaded easily in the car, as well as in the home or office.
Qualcomm also tested 5G new radio with Ericsson over several networks including Vodafone, Telstra, and NTT DoCoMo. The goal is to achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency. NTT DoCoMo expects to have a working 5G commercial network by 2020.
Vodaphone’s director of technology, architecture, and strategy explains the importance of these trials:
The demonstration of the 5G standard in sub-6GHz bands is an important step forward in the development of 5G…
Standardization of this technology will help deliver high-3performing and reliable 5G mobile networks with global coverage. A common standard also promises to deliver the economies of scale, which will help drive adoption of the technology in consumer devices and the internet of things.