Verizon and Audi of America have formed an agreement to bring 5G connectivity to future vehicles beginning with the 2024 model year.
The collaboration will bring embedded 5G connectivity into Audi vehicles and the telecommunication architecture necessary for personalized and augmented mobile services, driver-assistance features and connectivity-enabled innovations for automated driving.
Additionally, the technology will connect to Verizon’s 5G network for future driving features, services and in-car Wi-Fi and infotainment options.
As part of the deal, Audi vehicles will:
- Receive firmware and software upgrades over the air similar to a mobile phone.
- Be enhanced with infotainment and navigation systems with HD/3D mapping and video, cloud-based user profiles and mobile retail capabilities.
- Allow passengers to download and stream entertainment at higher speeds.
- Enable cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X) to respond to other vehicles and infrastructure around the vehicles for low-latency alerts and messages.
Verizon is also announcing that it is partnering with three cloud providers for mobile edge compute services. This technology is used with 5G connectivity to provide low latency needed for C-V2X communications, or the ability to communicate with other vehicles, connect infrastructure and devices in the environment in near real-time.
Audi will collaborate with state departments of transportation, infrastructure providers and technology providers to develop direct C-V2X communication that can protect road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, road maintenance crews and more.
Recently, Verizon deployed new C-band spectrum assets to enhance its cellular 5G mobility service.
The company has 5G service now in more than 1,700 cities around the U.S. In 2021, Verizon doubled its deployment of millimeter wave (mmWave) cell sites compared to the past previous years. Data usage increased more than 750% year-over-year.
Verizon said it will continue to expand its 5G coverage in 2022 including bringing the technology to more roadway users on an ongoing basis.