DSRC or 5G: RACE FOR THE FUTURE: FORD, BMW technology: The U.S. government has invested hundreds of millions in Wi-Fi-based technology known as Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) to allow cars to link to “smart” traffic signals. This tech effort is designed to smooth congestion and provide warnings about accidents/weather conditions. GM and Toyota are very “invested” in this technology. Now, however, there are new kids on the block. Ford Motor Company and BMW AG, among others, are pressing the Trump administration to allow them to leapfrog the DSRC system by fast-tracking fifth-generation cellular broadband in automobiles.
This technology is known as 5G and has been shown to transmit data as much as 10 times the speed of current broadband and improve reliability by potentially shrinking self-driving cars’ ability to stop within one inch, as compared to the one yard measure that’s possible with today’s network.
These companies say, “We are on a broader scale pushing the telecommunication companies to roll out 5G as quickly as they can.” GM and Toyota, in the meantime, have models that are equipped with DSRC and are urging the Administration to stick with the old plan and require auto makers to start phasing it into new cars as of 2021. One issue with the DSRC technology backed by GM and Toyota is its cost. For the 5G tech, the process would be supported by telecommunications companies who plan to pay for upgraded cell towers and roadside antennas for 5G to service their existing networks. On the other hand, to fully deploy DSRC, billions of dollars in government funded infrastructure will be required. The DSRC short-range tech would also add about $300. to the cost of a new car. Most new vehicles come installed with cellular modems, so there would be little additional cost for 5G. Seems like an easy conclusion to reach. In my recent book, SUNDAY ON THE HILL, we discuss the latest in advances for a wide range of companies – this sounds like another one of those that should be embraced.
DSRC or 5G: RACE FOR THE FUTURE: FORD, BMW & TECHNOLOGY