Intel Fostering Innovation in the 5G Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Driving Markets

Intel has always been committed to working with industry players to transform ideas into reality. From the data center and cloud to the edge, Intel researchers and technologists work with OEMs, standards bodies, ISVs, and others. One area of intense interest at Intel is the emerging 5G network and how it will empower connected vehicles (CV) and augment autonomous driving (AD) applications.

Each of these topics has immense business and social potential. For example, while 5G is not yet released commercially, according to market research firm Ovum, by 2021 there will be 24 million 5G subscriptions for wireless services in place.1 CV can help reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and provide new value-add user experiences. Studies have already shown that advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technologies, like automatic emergency braking, lane keeping support, and traffic sign recognition can reduce fatal accidents by 30 percent (Intel’s recently acquired Mobileye technology is already in over 24 million vehicles).

As cars move beyond ADAS to true AD, experts at Intel predict that a new USD 7 trillion passenger economy will emerge, as passengers become riders. AD will spark a plethora of applications that will enhance the entertainment experience in the car, as well as a tidal wave of new jobs that are created as part of this passenger economy. For example, think about a restaurant that drives around with people in the car. And that’s just one possibility.

Intel recognizes the synergistic relationship between 5G, CV, and AD. "We did a study that shows drivers spend 300 hours a year behind the wheel and 5G offers entertainment opportunities to optimize that time as we transition from drivers to riders", stated Patricia Robb in a recent Intel-sponsored webinar. Robb is the head of Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

As a result, Intel is playing a pivotal role in developing 5G standards. Currently, Intel is contributing to the efforts of several standards bodies, including the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), and the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC). Intel is also actively involved in prototyping and ecosystem development. For example, Intel’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center is building a fleet of autonomous vehicles to accelerate the AD market. Some relevant Intel products include:

CV will undoubtedly use a combination of 5G, Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), millimeter wave (mmWave), and sub-6 GHz technologies. Therefore, Intel is also collaborating with the appropriate entities to make sure that whatever spectrum becomes available, everyone will be able to participate. For example, Intel is developing a prototype to facilitate spectrum sharing and enable the network infrastructure technology to meet business needs.

Other activities Intel is engaging in include working with the ecosystem to develop vehicle-to-anything (V2X) applications for traffic management and participating in technology trials around the world to evaluate different bandwidths and use cases for smart cities and smart parking.

As you can see, from the data center to the edge, Intel is combining its expertise in connectivity, software-defined networking (SDN), MEC servers, NFV, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning with best-in-class compute, storage and network capabilities to enable end-to-end solutions for 5G, CV, and AD.

Learn more about the connection between 5G, CV, and AD and how Intel is stimulating innovation with these technologies.