5G will open doors to driverless cars

Featuring David Cieslak, CPA/CITP, CGMA, executive vice president and chief cloud officer, RKL eSolutions


Video transcript:

If you think about autonomous driving today, that’s actually connected to machine learning. If you think about an autonomous car with sensors and cameras, it’s got to interpret all of that and understand what do I do with the automobile as a result of what’s going on around me, the car in front, behind, and side to side, maybe the stoplight that’s coming up.

One technology that I didn’t mention is something called 5G, which is a communication technology, which is notably, dramatically faster than the 4G LTE communication protocol we’re using today. Once that enters the mix, then we’re going to add a new layer of information that will be essentially brought into the autonomous driving experience. So now, the car, in addition to cameras and sensors, is going to be able to communicate with other beacons in its surroundings, and whether or not it’s an upcoming traffic light or sensors in the roadway, or other things, and that needs to — cars around it and actually talking directly to them, and not just sensing them via sensors and cameras.

It’s going to bring real-time connectivity between the automobile and its environment, and then being able to process that with some machine learning that will continue to just improve over the time. I look at autonomous driving and say, it’s kind of very nascent today, but it really will become a reality in the not-so-distant future, especially when you add 5G to the mix.

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