In recent years, the automotive industry has maintained its favourable evolution thanks to unstoppable technological innovation. Recently, Telefónica has implemented 5G technology in Spain. This represents “a level leap towards hyperconnectivity that will change the future of Spain”, as explained by the CEO of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete.
This advance will make Spain the most hyper-connected country on the entire continent thanks to the fibre-optic network together with the new digital infrastructures. 5G technology is expected to be available in all autonomous communities and it is estimated that 75% of the population will have access to this technology before the end of the year.
The arrival of this technology is another step at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will be of great help in many sectors, such as the automotive sector, where it can bring great advances.
Many Benefits In The Cars of the Future
The use of this technology in the automotive sector can be of great help for road safety. It must be remembered that there are more than a million traffic accidents a year and 90% of these cases are due to human error.
So, can 5G technology help prevent accidents? Of course and in the not too distant future.
A year ago, Telefonica, together with SEAT and DGT, carried out a project based on connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). This initiative consisted of communication between vehicles in real-time to prevent accidents in urban and rural areas. This initiative was a success and with the arrival of 5G, the situation can greatly improve.
Another of the alternatives in mobility is the use of the autonomous car. The arrival of these models will mean a change in infrastructures as they will incorporate elements such as wireless networks and Artificial Intelligence in our roads.
Along these lines, the Telefónica Spain vehicle communications expert, Leticia López Domingo, explained that “connected mobility not only requires users to connect their vehicles but that the infrastructure itself is connected.” In recent months the company has been working on several pilot projects installing sensors and cameras that capture information and transmit it to the car.
Added to all this is its commitment to converting the vehicle into a 100% connected car thanks to Movistar Car, Telefónica’s smart device that allows us to remember where we have parked from until we automatically send alerts if our car breaks down, or recommend us the most optimal routes based on traffic or speed cameras.
These advances can contribute to the reduction of traffic accidents and minimize the congestion and pollution that are two problems that affect today.
Thus, as you can see, 5G technology will integrate elements to prevent, inform and respond to certain conditions that occur on the road. What else can this new connection bring us?