Qualcomm today announced new 4G and 5G chipsets for connected vehicles. The chip maker sees the advanced communication platforms driving the next wave of in-vehicle experience and telematics, including advanced vehicle safety features and self-driving cars. Qualcomm says that vehicles equipped with these chipsets will be produced in 2021.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 4G and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform feature C-V2X Direct Communication, a high precision global multi-frequency satellite navigation system (HP-GNSS). and RF front-end (RFFE) capabilities – basically, the chipsets will provide vehicle positioning capabilities for the next level.
In addition to improved positioning, vehicles equipped with these Snapdragon platforms receive vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
Snapdragon Automotive's 5G chipset is the first in the industry to support Dual Dual Dual Active ̵
Qualcomm intends to give automakers the ability to test the platforms with a reference design kit in the second half of 2019.
Through chipsets like these, vehicles will be given autonomous driving capabilities. With no advanced, reliable connectivity, vehicles can not access the data needed to navigate the ever-evolving urban landscape. While current systems are used to some degree of success, ultimately, improved connectivity is required to meet the promise of self-driving cars.