AT&T and autonomous driving automobiles

One of the big categories at this year’s CES was autonomous driving of automobiles. What was so interesting is how a new technology area brings in so many other players.  With drive assisted cars comes a need to wireless communications, and an entire new business segment for AT&T.  Here are two announcements they made at CES.

AT&T and the American Center for Mobility Fuel the Future of Automated Driving

AT&T is teaming with the American Center for Mobility to speed the development of self-driving vehicles. Working with the Center gives us the space to explore, create and safely test driverless technologies. We’ll also serve as the Center’s exclusive cellular network provider through 2020. The American Center for Mobility will transform the entire transportation industry, acting as a test bed for Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) and connected and automated vehicle (CAV) solutions. We’ll try out and validate the interoperability of connected car and smart city solutions, helping to ensure they can “talk” to each other as well as their surroundings. And we’ll do it alongside other industry leaders, government and academia…As the exclusive cellular network provider, AT&T will provide the Center with the network resources and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure needed to advance driverless technologies.


AT&T, Delphi, and Ford Debut V2X Advanced Vehicle Communications

AT&T, Delphi and Ford are developing a new capability to enhance Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) communications. The platform is designed to help vehicles “talk” with each other and smart cities infrastructure to improve safety and vehicle security, reduce traffic congestion, save money and protect the environment. These companies are laying the foundation for the next generation of urban planning and safer driving. In the future, autonomous vehicles will interact with connected traffic lights, roadside monitors, signage, and almost anything surrounding them. The research developed jointly by AT&T, Delphi and Ford can monitor traffic conditions and notify drivers over the AT&T LTE network to approaching vehicles and events. Think events like airbag deployments, vehicle collisions, hazardous road conditions, bad weather and wrong-way driving. The result will be fewer accidents and safer driving. LINK to press release




by Phil Baker