Multiple networking technologies converge in autonomous car demonstration at Mobile World Congress

21st February 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Multiple networking technologies converge in autonomous car demonstration at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is beginning more and more to look similar to the Detroit Auto Show, apart from the obvious elements of the weather, the food, the drinks, the scenery, the architecture and the culture.

Guest blog by Charlie Ashton.

Not that there are any grudges held against Detroit: after all, its zoo does feature North America’s largest polar bear exhibit.

But those of us walking the halls of MWC can expect to see a wide range of automotive-related demonstrations, reflecting the fact that telco-oriented companies of all types see massive business potential in this market.

A timely report from Mobile World Live ‘Connected cars: from here to autonomy,’ points out that telecom operators are second only to car makers in terms of being best positioned to exploit the trend towards connected cars. With revenues flattening in their traditional businesses, telcos are flocking to the automotive market as an opportunity to sell new, value-added services to their customers.

At Wind River, the Titanium Cloud network virtualisation platform is a critical element of the comprehensive autonomous car demonstration in Intel’s booth (Hall 3, booth 3E31). As the automotive industry moves from ‘connected cars’ to ‘autonomous cars’, a wide range of technologies must be integrated seamlessly in order to deliver the complete experiences that drivers will expect, especially as they become just passengers.

In order to make automated driving a reality, three areas must come together: car, connectivity and cloud. At the Intel demo next week, there will be an efficient, well-orchestrated combination of technologies that include:

  • 5G 28GHz connectivity to provide the low latency and high bandwidth required for cars as they become mini data centres on wheels;
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), enabling applications running in cloud data centres at the edge of the network to respond in real time to high-speed data from connected cars;
  • Network slicing, which delivers guaranteed bandwidth and Quality-of-Service (QoS) for the multiple network connections required by each car;
  • Merged Reality (MR) for improved navigation and an enhanced driver (passenger) experience;
  • End-to-end security, which was flagged in the Mobile World Live report as the number one customer concern in this market.

In the MWC demo, all these applications and technologies will be running on the Intel FlexRAN platform, which is an end-to-end architecture, supported by multiple ecosystem partners, that provides scalable-density virtualised baseband pooling.

FlexRAN relies on the Titanium Cloud network virtualisation platform to deliver the service uptime, security, low latency communication and operational simplicity that are required for this highly challenging use case.

At MWC next week this demonstration, will offer a fascinating glimpse into the driving experience that’s the future and also previews a market that promises new business opportunities throughout the telecom industry. Titanium Cloud will be featured in over a dozen other demos in partners’ and customers’ booths see here for details.

Courtesy of Wind River.

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