Volvo announced at CES the development of high-bandwidth streaming technology with their partner, Ericsson to further improve their upcoming autonomous vehicles.
Their goal is to ensure the relaxation and comfort of the driver and passengers of a self-driven Volvo, with the Swedish maker predicting a major increase in mobile Internet demand once the driverless cars become part of our daily routines.
“We are actively working on future solutions to deliver the best user experience in fully autonomous mode,” said Anders Tylman General Manager Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center at Volvo. “Imagine a highway full of autonomous cars with their occupants sitting back watching their favorite TV shows in high definition. This new way of commuting will demand new technology, and a much broader bandwidth to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.”
Volvo and Ericsson are working together in order to provide a high quality, interruption-free experience in their cars whilst on the move. Ericsson will share their expertise in network and cloud technology in order Volvo to offer media content that can be tailored to the duration of the trip and buffered to offer high quality and uninterrupted viewing experience.
Additionally, the new service will be able to learn the most common routes and times of travel in order to offer one-click navigation and a tailored media experience to their autonomous daily commute.
“Our research shows that almost 70 per cent of all mobile data traffic will be from video in the coming years,” said Claes Herlitz, Head of Automotive Services at Ericsson. “This requires an innovative connectivity, cloud and analytics solution that is not only capable of serving multiple moving vehicles across a highway, but also has the capacity to provide the high quality, uninterrupted video service today’s consumer is accustomed to.”