You probably haven't heard of Savari, but it's a big name in the connected cars industry. The company has announced that it has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), to bring next-generation telecom technology to its products.
The company builds hardware and software sensors for a range of different use cases, from connected cars to smart cities. In particular, it is a "Vehicle-to-Everything" (V2X) innovator which wants to use 5G in futuristic connected cars. That doesn't mean a car that's connected to your smartphone, so you can have faster internet on your way to work or the shops -- that means cars which are connected, as the name implies. By joining the 5GAA, Savari is on the way to doing that, along with other companies pioneering this technology.
Cellular-V2X (CV2X) is a technology which can send and receive messages up to ten times a second with other cars and infrastructure, such as buildings. This data can be analyzed and potentially stop a collision or crash happening three seconds before it occurs, according to Savari.
The data can also be collected and uploaded, leading other cars to download and have data earlier than needed. This might be information of a crash, or a pothole, or debris. Once again, this will lead to safer roads, since a computer -- or human driver -- can act on the situation indicated by the information as soon as the problem arises.
The 5GAA has multiple car manufacturers and other companies as part of its team, including Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler, Bosch, AT&T, Huawei and Samsung. Its mission is to "Develop, test and promote communications solutions, initiate their standardization and accelerate their commercial availability" for mobility and road safety. Savari's role will be to develop standards and help accelerate commercial availability, according to the company.
Cellular-V2X is still a fairly limited technology in terms of global rollout, but as semi- and fully autonomous cars start to become commercially available in the next decade, expect to see cars from different manufacturers and software developers all communicating over 5G.