Wireless engineers, automakers, and governments have spent years preparing for a future where autonomous cars will communicate with each other and transportation networks — an initiative known as “cellular vehicle to everything,” commonly abbreviated C-V2X. Today, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) offered a roadmap for mass deployments of automotive communications technologies, and its timeline includes several interesting dates that aren’t as far off as some people might have guessed.
Based on the current pace of cellular industry standards organization 3GPP’s 5G releases, global 5G deployments, and the state of the automotive communications supply chain, the 5GAA expects three C-V2X stages over the next decade. From 2020 through 2023, automakers will rely on 4G LTE-V2X technology to enable basic safety features, such as left turn assistance and emergency electronic brake light features to improve traffic efficiency. They’ll augment basic local hazard and traffic information that’s already being shared over cellular networks.